Artist Spotlight: Darren Jones

Jones's dry wit is countered by the wistful messages found in his subtle work in "Eden's Remains".

BY Christopher Harrity

August 10 2013 3:00 AM ET

"Eden’s Remains" is a material, conceptualized essay on the disparate fortunes undergone by gay men living over the past five decades in the Fire Island Pines. The Pines, as most people call it, is a place of remarkable natural beauty as well as one of metropolitan New York’s favorite summer resorts. Scottish artist Darren Jones suggests that, the greatest role the Pines has assumed in the wider world of art, culture, and history is as a barometer and a sort of cultural ground-zero to the ever-evolving experience – both celebratory and somber – of gay life.

Jones pokes at the expectations and rituals on the Island, but without anger or judgment. In "Eden’s Remains", Jones's light touch keeps the wistful and memorial from becoming maudlin.

"Eden’s Remains"
New works by Darren Jones August 16 – 31, 2013
Opening reception Thursday, August 15, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Illuminated Metropolis Gallery
547 West 27th St, Suite 529, New York NY 10001
Hours - Fri. 1-5 p.m. / Sat. 12-6 p.m. — and by appointment


Flotsam and Jetsam, 2012
Merchandised items from Fire Island weekend
Variable dimensions

A collection of objects presented according to retail display techniques, giving a window into the items that might contribute to a Fire Island weekend, or be discarded after one.

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