Opening Reception: Gallery Night January 20, 5-9 pm Artist's Talk: Saturday, January 21 at 2pm
Bizarre and beautiful, Laurie Hogin’s allegorical paintings raise issues of consumerism, sexism, and environmental degradation. Rendered in the hyper-realistic style reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch masters, neon-colored animals populate overgrown, idealistic landscapes or pose as the subject of a portrait. Hogin’s paintings are filled with images of snarling bunnies, maternal monkeys and other creatures affected by the industrial, pharmacological, political, and economical forces.
In his recent body of work New York native, Ben Grant, continues to push the boundaries of his process as he returns to the idea of illusionistic space. While still staying true to his abstract line forms, Grant is introducing organic shapes into his complex combinations of color, shape and texture. These multilayered paintings are built up with a variety of techniques including rolling, brushing, spraying, drawing, and more as Grant explores the potential for meaning in his work.
Azaleas, irises, lilies and other flowering foliage once again capture the eye of Illinois artist, James Winn. Unlike his landscape paintings with endless skies, Winn is shifting his perspective and bringing the viewer eye-to-eye with portraits of individual blooms and luminously lit flowers set against dark backgrounds. By manipulating light and color, these highly detailed paintings present a sense of Presence that one can experience when alone and attentive in nature.
Through the use of literary allusions and mysterious iconography, T. L. Solien tries to make sense of his life and examines his place in the world. Satirical and macabre, Solien’s paintings and unique works on paper are deeply personal narratives told through his personal collection of shapes, objects and characters. By translating a vast assortment of interests and memories into his work, each piece feels fresh, playful and open for interpretation.