Jim Darling's window seats for magical flights

By Kathryn Bromwich

While working on an art show about air and water, Los Angeles-based artist and designer Jim Darling developed an interest in the views from aeroplane seats. I got thinking about the window seat: how special it is and how it can be taken for granted, he says. These expansive views can be very humbling. Darling started recording the landscapes he saw with photographs and on Instagram, recreating them later as paintings using layered woodwork, acrylic and aerosol. Everyone is fascinated by flight, and for now aeroplanes are how we get to experience it. At some point on each flight Ive been on, I think about sitting in a chair in the sky, and it seems crazy every time.

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