Joie de vivre – the enjoyment of living, exhilaration; finding the joy in anything one might do.
Life in reality is not always joyful. In fact, it can feel rather the opposite. Moments of joy are temporary, fleeting; they are often overshadowed by feelings of worry, stress and struggle.
Joie de vivre can thus be interpreted ironically as well as sincerely. The exhibition is bringing together artist from various backgrounds interpreting the topics our banal lives and the lightness of being in form of painting, drawing and print. Delivering polarities, contradiction, carelessness, improvidence, happiness, sadness, and everything in between.
Look around you: everything is fucked. It can feel inappropriate to talk about the joy of life, but what else is there? Do bliss and careless joy only come about when one stops thinking for a while? If so, where are we, given that nobody seems to think all that much anyway?
James W. Hedges (born 1986, Oxford UK, lives and works in Hong Kong) http://jameswhedges.com/
Gavin Lockheart (born 1961, Staffordshire UK, lives and works in London) http://gavinlockheart.com/Site/Gavin%20Lockheart.html
Angela Maasalu (born 1990, Tallinn, Estonia, lives and works in London) https://www.angelamaasalu.com/
Daniel MacCarthy (born 1986, Oxford UK, lives and works in London) http://danielmaccarthy.com/
Imogen Prado (born 1985, Sidney, Australia, lives and works in London) https://www.instagram.com/imogen_prado/
Jorge Torres (born 1979, Lima, Peru, lives and works in London) http://londonsartistquarter.org/artist-hub/users/jorge-torres/profile
Anna Tveritinova (born 1987 Gorlovka, Ukraine, lives and works in London) http://atveritinova.wixsite.com/artwork
Julia Charteris (born London UK, lives and works in London)