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


Rainbeau, 2013
Digital image and effects
7" x 6"

Muscular body culture, known as the "Chelsea look" is ubiquitous in the Pines. Love it or hate it, it is an undeniable currency in Fire Island. It contributes to the politics of desire and self worth. Often, reaching such a level of physical masculinity oneself, or attracting it, can seem a distant possibility. Here the colored sunspots and refracted light in the image lend a sense of fantasy or aura, to the sanctioned, gay male, ideal presented. The spelling of the title of this work again offers a double meaning.

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