By Way of Laughter and Trembling

24 Oct 2020 – 14 Nov 2020

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12:00 – 17:00

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By Way of Laughter and Trembling is an exhibition of American and European artists grappling with the language of painting. Their work is filled with potent energy through the use of color, line, form and texture.


Saul Bellow once said that “laughter and trembling are so curiously mingled that it is not easy to determine the relations of the two.” Durden and Ray artist David Leapman curated the show, choosing artists for the exhibition whose work is defined by that same kind of fearful exuberance.

“It’s in the tension within, and between these not-quite opposites that true experimentation, and ultimately wisdom, arises,” Leapman said.

The artists in the group are from both Europe and America, and each highlights the ongoing play of compression and release in their work, a perpetual back and forth without the ultimate salvation of denouement. Each work displays the artists’ passion alongside uncertainty. Each artist grapples with these themes within the formal language of painting through variations of color, line, form, and texture with energy.

So while the exhibit will feel like the curious mingling of laughter and trembling, each work within the show will have an internal logic all its own.

Participating artists: Karl Bielik (UK), Clem Crosby (UK), EC (UK), Jenny Hager (USA), Vincent Hawkins (UK), Kysa Johnson (USA), David Leapman (USA), Edwina Leapman (UK), Heather Gwen Martin (USA), Selma Parlour (UK), Max Presneill (USA), James Rielly (FR), Julian Wakelin (UK), and Valerie Wilcox (USA)

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