When you were a child, it was easy to imagine a world where cowboys sailed the stars in search of adventure and toys came alive while you slept; but you grow older and forget what it was like when the world was equal parts overwhelming and delightful, when life was a brand-new picture storybook you lived every morning. Jon Cournoyer has somehow remembered it all the wonder, the flights of fancy, the things that go bump in the night and rendered the ineffable emotions of that experience into his collaged screen prints. His pieces are layered with pages of old books, postcards, scraps of another time; these elements peer around one another, overlapping and supporting each other. Like the same story re-written many times in different languages, Cournoyers palimpsest images relate the mythical Golden Age of childhood in a manner that is intuited, not read; Summer vacation and Christmas are equidistant, the twilight lasts forever and if there is a creature lurking in the shadows, youll outsmart it somehow. That possibility, that the direction of the adventure will be dictated by your imagination, is ever-present in Cournoyers work. The End, Middle and Beginning, an exhibition of Jon Cournoyers recent work, opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (3100 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-960-5322 or www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com). The show remains up through Saturday, November 3, and the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Nov. 3, 2007