Wk 3 – Artist Conversation – Chris Cournoyer

Artist: Chris Cournoyer

Exhibition: Inner Demons

Media: Photography

Gallery: Merlino

Website: N/A

Chris Cournoyer is a student at University of Central Florida. His art work was on display at California State University Long Beach for a bi-coastal exchange exhibition where a few of our lucky students and students at other universities do an exchange with art exhibits to display at other schools. Due to the fact that Mr. Cournoyer goes to school at another university I was not able to get a proper interview with him, but I believe I was able to get a grasp of what he was trying to represent even though he’s over 2,500 miles away.

While exploring the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery, I walked by a very eye catching piece. It was a photo of a man with 2 faces. On one face, the man looked completely normal, but as my eyes slowly crept on over to the other face, I noticed something very different; his eyes were pitch black. You would assume that the face with the pitch black eyes would be on the backside of the head, but it was actually on the front side. The man seemed naked, but this was only the surface.

When I saw this photo, I immediately thought about inner demons, and decided to read the artist’s statement. It was titled Inner Demons and was a statement to highlight the struggle of those fighting psychological disorders. Its true how American’s these days don’t treat psychological disorders as a real medical disease, and I think this photograph really makes a statement. It shows that the psychological disease are a physical disease and shouldn’t be ignored

I thought it was interesting how Mr. Cournoyer decided to reveal the demon on the outside and the man on the inside. It really speaks to you how people with these psychological disorders always show their ugly side to the public. We look at their imperfections first before seeing them for who they really are; people. I applaud Mr. Cournoyer for being a voice to the voiceless, and I hope his future pieces are just as amazing.



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