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. Read More
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. Read More
Laurie Hogin‘s “Field Guide” series refers to taxonomic impulse to organize and classify the overwhelming variety of creatures in nature. These intimately sized oil on panel paintings measure 4.5×3.5 inches, and with their custom gilded glitter frame, they are each 6.75×5.75 inches. Small, but full of personality, each set is beautifully painted and exquisitely detailed. These birds are full of personality, and certainly have something on their minds. Read More