by Chi Birmingham in New Art on Tuesday 3 April 2012

Christopher Darling’s work combines wit and a refined design sensibility with an almost childlike freedom. The pleasure he takes in his work is contagious, and carries through both his personal and commissioned work. In Nick Pope: A Diary, Darling and writer Chris Stanton recreate the diary of an imaginary high school outcast. The project was created in real time, with Darling finishing one page a day, and as a result the book has the same organic quality that can be found in the best artist’s sketchbooks. This quality could describe the rest of Darling’s work as well.