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.
In his novel Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens wrote, “It is curious to imagine these people of the world, busy in thought, turning their eyes towards the countless spheres that shine above us, and making them reflect the only images their minds contain…So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.”
Currently you can watch artist Leo Sewell as he collects materials and constructs his works of art - from his point of view. The Swedish interactive website TELE2 works with artists from all over the world to give their audience a truly unique experience. On their website they state "You can even step inside the mind of another person and experience their life from the inside. See what they see, hear what they hear, feel what they feel."
For "Hair Club," on view at the Tory Folliard Gallery, Fred Stonehouse and Raeleen Kao have concocted a mad-libbed series of collaborative drawings that transform their idiosyncratic, artistic quirks into whimsical, poignant golems.
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.
Art Reveal Magazine has featured sculptor Susan Stamm Evans in their 20th issue, pages 46 - 51. In the interview the artist discusses how hes got started as an artist, what has changed along the way, and her thoughts about art in contemporary culture.
New work by Illinois artist, Michael Noland, will be on view at the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall at The Ohio State University January 19 - March 10, 2017. The opening reception will be Thursday, January 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
For more information on available work in the exhibition, please contact the Tory Folliard Gallery at email@example.com or 414-273-7311.
An astute observer of nature, artist Katie Musolff paints plants and animals that she finds along the Mississippi River. Her new body of work, River Journal, consists of meticulous watercolor and gouache paintings that concentrate on the beauty and grace of her surroundings while embracing the remains of the organic world. Always working from direct observation, Musolff aims to capture the sense of wonder that drew her in to her subject in the first place.
Artist Spotlight features Wisconsin native, Doug Hatch, best known for his realistic paintings of urban scenes. A full-time artist working from photographs in his studio, Hatch employs traditional methods of photo realism using strong diagonals, reflected surfaces, and transparent components to depict vibrant street scenes. In addition to these urban scenes, Hatch paints plein air landscapes of rural Wisconsin with deep vistas and spatial infinities.
John Wilde (1919-2006; pronounced “WILL-dee”) is regarded as one of the major figures of Wisconsin art. Wilde’s works are found in prestigious institutions across the nation and his surreal influence lives on in the work of contemporary heavies such as Fred Stonehouse.
Katie Musolff and Lynne Railsback are two watercolor painters who depict the natural world in delicate and intricate detail. Musolff’s paintings of butterflies, birds, bugs, and other creatures have an Audubon-esque quality. Railsback approaches her work with a botanist’s eye, creating a colorful canon of paintings of flowers, leaves, roots, and branches. This exhibition celebrates the organic world with precision and beauty.
Mulhern’s world is populated by figures (and a few dogs) that seem to float through various doings. It’s everyday stuff for everyday folks who shop, gossip and gather in various places. His is the painted land with no visible anchors, and in this land there is an air of freedom and eternal calm devoid of terror.
Fred Stonehouse is a quintessential Wisconsin artist who has been navigating his way through the art scene since the early 1980’s. Starting from a humble beginning in Milwaukee, Fred has found a considerable amount of success in the United States and beyond. He has dedicated a lifetime to creating, building a life around being a maker, and devoting his time to visual storytelling. Beautiful.bizarre had the honor of visiting Fred at his studio in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss his life as a college professor, his artistic journey, and his many inspirations that contribute to his strangely alluring, delightfully surreal paintings.
Influenced by traditional American scenes and Chicago Imagism, Michael Noland molds a vision that is uniquely his own. In his paintings, Noland creates vitality through exaggeration in form, repetition of line, and saturation of color. Common views and unique animals seem both darkly surreal and amusing. Flowers pulsate with life and colors reverberate with an electric charge.
Ben Grant, is an abstract painter based in Milwaukee. His work explores complex combinations of color, shape and texture. Grant received a BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City and an MFA at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is currently a Lecturer of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and Parkside.
Paula Swaydan Grebel will demonstrate and illustrate the process that she takes in drawing inspiration from a work by a master artist and creating a painting in her own style. The artist's current solo show in the CAM upstairs galleries serves as a backdrop for her presentation.
We’re just one month away from the opening of a compelling solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Calendar” is the latest display of gorgeous oils by painter Craig Blietz, who’s best known for his depictions of cows.
Drawing on both the narrative and formalist aspects of painting, Blietz situates his animal subjects in lovely Midwestern landscapes and seeks to capture much more than external beauty.
The Tory Folliard Gallery’s latest exhibition, “surreal…so real,” features 28 modern artists united by their ties to surrealism. The 20th-century avant-garde movement was pioneered by Salvador Dalí and concerned with giving expression to the unconscious mind. The roots of the movement, however, run as deep as Hieronymus Bosch’s psychedelic 13th-century depictions of hell. The artists represented here tap both the movement’s history and its universal themes.
Tom Berenz's current paintings combine recognizable bits and pieces from ordinary life--playground equipment, mittens and hats, ducks and strawberries--with swaths of color and pattern, piling them together into tight compositions that he calls mounds...
One might easily imagine the life of Wisconsin artist Patrick Farrell as just an illusion.
How else could it be that a boy raised in a trailer park — who never went beyond the eighth grade in school — could grow into a renowned painter, breathing three-dimensional life into oil and canvas with a skill that was totally self-taught?
Memory becomes fragmentary in time. As the past moves into the distance, memories become less distinct, reduced at times to images, colors or scents that evoke mnemonic awakenings. This is the creative realm where Tom Berenz works.
Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher say they are old souls. For me, though, their paintings describe a childlike wonder, an exultant surprise at seeing the mysterious color of a beetle or the depth of the sky at dawn.
The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson explores the vivid imagination and artistic genius of this accomplished outsider artist and Rockford native whose stylized paintings are inspired by beautiful fantasies of figures throughout history and mythology, film and literature, as well as subjects and stories culled from his own genealogical research. Also featured in this 15-week exhibition is the 2014 short film Fantasy Tableau by award-winning documentary Kate Balsley who explores his "marvelously eccentric" life and art. Related education programs include a free lecture by Anderson on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Concurrent exhibits at RAM include the landmark 75th Young Artist Show (opens March 6).