Dark Laughter

Dark Laughter

Dark Laughter, an exhibition curated by Barry Schwabsky (SFSIA co-director) took place from 25 October to 23 November 2019 at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London.

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.

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About Barry Schwabsky

Barry Schwabsky is a poet as well as art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum.
He has taught at several institutions, including School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University, the School of Visual Arts and Goldsmiths College, London. Recent publications include The Perpetual Guest: Art in the
Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2018), and Landscape Painting
Now (DAP, 2019). His latest book, The Observer Effect, On Contemporary Painting (Sternberg Press), will be
launched at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London on Thursday 24 October 2019.