Laurie Hogan: Kin

Friday, Jan 12 – Feb 24, 2024

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654


"My work of the past 20 years has consisted primarily of allegorical paintings of mutant plants and animals in languishing, overgrown landscape settings or posed as though for classical still life or portraiture. My current interests include examining human impulses, desires, and needs, including pleasure, intoxication, addiction, the erotic, totem, violence, greed, grief, and love. These aspects of human experience and identity, resultant of the interplay of evolutionary biology and culture, find expression in the history of visual culture as well as in the nearly schizoid array of cultural material and commodity in contemporary consumer capital. I combine various tropes from the history of painting, natural history and scientific display, pornography, fashion photography and retail display with narrative allegory, often describing political, social, economic, and emotional phenomena.​"


Image: Laurie Hogin - "Untitled Habitat Diorama with Survivor Species (On a High Plateau)", 2023, oil on linen canvas / artist-made frame, 49¾ x 35½ in. (frame)