Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5
Alert Response of Reptilian Species in a Forest Glen near a Culvert, 2014, Oil on linen, 33" x 44". Courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY.
Laurie Hogin’s allegorical paintings depict fluorescent, mutant plants and animals languishing in overgrown landscape settings, posed as though for classical still life or portraiture. For the artist, romantic depictions of landscape embody contemporary expressions of human greed, desire and need. By combining tropes from 17th and 18th century landscape painting, natural history displays and scientific field guides, she creates narratives featuring animal species, chosen for their allegorical associations in Western culture. Their morphologies resemble toys and cartoons, as much as naturalistic specimens. Though convincing in form, each animal is depicted as degraded or chemically-altered, saturated in neon colors evocative of media landscapes or big-box store aesthetics. As an environmental activist, Hogin uses her animals to convey a social parable of nature caught in the midst of an indulgent conquest by human civilization: though silent, the manifestation of various carcinogens, chemicals, inks, dyes and pharmaceuticals on their bodies delivers a loud wakeup call.
Hogin has had solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; International Print Center New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, NM; and Opus Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Art Forum, Art News, Harper’s, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe, among others. Hogin received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Cornell University, where she also studied cultural anthropology.
Chemical Love Birds: Excitatory and Inhibitory (Orange and Green), 2014, Oil on linen, 26" x 22”. Courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.