Dark Laughter, curated by Barry Schwabsky

Dark Laughter

There’s a little dark humour coming from a corner of London this month, as four New York-based artists share their latest work in a new exhibition, offering a cheeky, cynical look at the modern world.

 

Genesis Belanger As You Please 2019 stoneware, porcelain 35.6 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm, 14 x 6 x 4 in

 

 

Dark Laughter, an exhibition curated by Barry Schwabsky running from 25 October to 23 November 2019. Four New York-based artists, Genesis Belanger, Ellen Berkenblit, June Leaf and Emily Mae Smith each use imagery that might at first seem to have a reassuring familiarity, but they view it with skeptical eyes and from off-center viewpoints, endowing it with an exorbitant representational energy to assert a rueful, sometimes sardonic attitude toward the strange world in which we seem to be stranded. Their work arouses dark laughter thanks to their acerbic view of the world we share, and against which they quietly rebel.

On show at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London until 23 November.