Laurie Hogin's “Implacable Demons and Better Angels” reviewed in Art Ltd. Magazine

Laurie Hogin: “Implacable Demons and Better Angels” at Tory Folliard Gallery

Laurie Hogin’s mutated menageries are simultaneously extremely beautiful and intensely horrific. A bit more the former than the latter, though; this is all as if you took Edward Hicks’ The Peaceable Kingdom (1826) and added to it about 100 years of pesticides, radiation, inbreeding and ecosystem destruction—Hell never looked so gorgeous.

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Laurie Hogin’s ‘Implacable Demons and Better Angels’ featured in Wisconsin Gazette

Aesop’s Fables are filled with stories of animals that take on human emotions and face human dilemmas. Foibles like vanity and greed, as well as examples of compassion, are played out.

In these small dramas, we can see ourselves.

Artist Laurie Hogin doesn’t illustrate the stories of Aesop, but in the exhibition Implacable Demons and Better Angels she demonstrates a predilection for portraying animal characters reacting to their world — and they do so in a way that is utterly relatable to us as humans.

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