The Verticality of Laughter: A Joke Amongst Acolytes at Tiger Hill Pagoda, Suzhou, China is an impasto oil painting by Dave Alber.
Oil on canvas
19.63 x 23.63 in (50 x 60 cm)

“In Chinese landscape paintings, human figures are often hidden in their environment. And in Asian architectural traditions, pagodas represent the vertical ascent of spiritual progress. This painting asks the viewer to question whether there is an innate spiritual vitality within laughter.”

Dave exhibited this painting in the in the 2019 exhibition Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder at Suzhou Arts Collective in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.