That is Why
December 4 - Jan 2
Opening reception Dec 4th 6-10 pm
Artist talk sunday dec 6 at 2pm
One Who Sings With No Tongue Is Either Damned Or Divine
November 13 - 28 2015
Opening reception Friday Nov 13th 7-11
Burch's fifth installment of his ever evolving graphic narrative, "The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows." The trickster archetype is championed as an embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence, calling into question fundamental assumptions about the way the world is organized and, at times, offering new possibilities of transforming it. Acting as the shadow, brother/sister, teacher, and enemy/ally of the historical southern trickster figure of "Br'er Rabbit", Burch's own character "Br'er Death" reveals that the trickster's antics are never comedic but serious gestures of resistance within a hostile environment. Burch not only re-contextualizes but also remixes the Br'er Rabbit folklore with his own afro-surreal aesthetics.
Jamming, Wailing, and Soothsaying:
The Trickster Topologies of Christopher Burch
Br'er Rabbit lurking as morbid jester. A tattooed tongue criss-crossed with hemp. A griot clutching her gold-toothed skull, roses blooming from its sockets, life borne of the void, seeds from dust.
Immersed in "One Who Sings with No Tongue Is Either Damned or Divine," Christopher Burch's latest multimedia installation, a world unravels both seductively strange and woefully familiar. Burch tills history, waters it with myth, then boldly sets its archetypes afire.
"But we WHALERS. We can Kill/ whales We could get on top/ of a whale and WAIL." blares the painted verse atop a wall-sized mural, the fifth in dialogue with Burch's ongoing graphic novel, The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows. Excerpted from "Wailers," by the late Black Arts poet Amiri Baraka, the lines grant context for the goings-on below. Absent of the expected signifiers (whither, Br'er Fox?), Br'er Rabbit curls into a Chuck-Berry guitar jam below a broad, blanched sky. To his left, "Br'er Death," the artist's narrative invention, dances a garish jig, lanky bones a tangle aside his sharp-eared friend.
Complementing this looming illustration, thirteen serving trays face us like mirrors, some depicting a variation on the "Pirate Jenny" trope made famous by jazz singer Nina Simone. Upon each jet-black surface, a portrait stares back in stark whites and grays - a bearded tramp with hat askew, a fortune teller catching her face mid-laugh, a striped owl with vacant eyes. Collected by the artist at flea markets, thrift shops, and estate sales, the trays themselves recall traditions of domestic servitude in the Old South - their language of ritual, inheritance, and formality revised to accommodate a wise, if wayward, cast of characters from Burch's graphic novel.
On the next wall hangs a series of disembodied tongues, amulets against Burch's dark story world. Their grotesque tactility - dotted buds visible - is tempered by their banal presentation: each centered within a basic frame that from a distance belies its visceral contents. Cut off from their original owners, the tongues disquiet in their quietude, rendered all the more disarming next to "Stepping Razors," Burch's functional harmonicas with retractable straight razors.
|Hoffman LaChance Contemporary and Metro Arts in Transit
June 5 - June 13
Ten Posters produced by Arts in Transit for St. Louis Metro Bus Shelters
Featured Images by St Louis Regional Artists:
Lyndon Barrois, Wonder
David Chappell, Cosmic Solemnity
Alex Cunningham, Keepings
Marcis Curtis, Basil Kincaid
Julie Heller, Moonrise Over St. Louis
Alicia LaChance, Walking City
Jane Birdsall-Lander and Sarah Lander, World Peace
Megan Rieke, I hear Ya, Sisyphus. I hear Ya
Mark Swain, Turtle
Angela Vories, Wise Words-Rosa Parks
|Stan Chisholm Solo Art Exhibition At Hoffman LaChance Contemporary
Opening reception friday May 8th 6-10pm
Paintings, Drawings, Relief Sculptures, Installations & Songs exploiting Confetti and the illusion of it's infinite, omnipotent, and collective nature.
- Plus -
The "Chrimore-a-Thon" Rap Performance at 8:18PM
C o n f e t t i .
April 17th - May 2nd
My aim is to show people in their specific situational context amidst the ever changing and often challenging cultural forces that frame our world. I strive to record and interpret the multiple layers of environmental and circumstantial factors that manifest in the individual, as well as inferring the way the individual may view themselves. I see myself as a visual anthropologist collecting and describing data that details a difficult, changing and complicated world. I am driven to portray people that I perceive as on the edge or in a transitional state. These representations may be subtle or extreme and may reflect class, generational, economic or personal shifts. My subjects become archetypes that represent who we are both collectively and individually as people. In these paintings I hope to carry forward the tradition of portraiture in a viable and meaningful way.
Microscopes and Binoculars
curated by Michael Wille
March 20 - April 11
opening reception friday March 20th 6pm - 10pm
with talk by curator Michael Wille at 8pm
Review in STL Magazine by Daniel Stumeier
The Pursuit of Happiness
Feb 13th - 28th
opening reception friday Feb.13th 6pm-10pm
Show Images HERE
New Village - Fieldtapes from Mound City
23 january - february 2015
Opening reception Friday January 23 6-10pm
EYEZ on TRAINS 12/12/2014!
opening reception December 12 from 6-10pm
David Langley - New paintings and assemblages
Gallery show pictures here
|Albert Yowshien Kuo
curated by Jon Cournoyer
Oct 10th 6-10pm
September 12th - 27th 2014
Reception on friday august 29th 6-10pm
One weekend show with work from Paul Art Space resident
Reception on friday august 29th 6-10pm
A monochromatic exhibition involving designers & printmakers exploring typography through art.
Opening Reception: May 30th * 6-10pm * Free and open to the public
Beer graciously sponsored by 4 Hands Brewing Company
Tunes provided by DJ MAKossa
Treats bestowed upon us by Sweet Art Bakeshop
My Mexican Paintings
New work from
and Book release!
may 9th - 24th
Opening reception May 9th 6-10pm
New work from
April 18th - May 3rd
'at play in the fields of our stuff'
Opening reception March 7th from 6-10pm
I enjoy making work that is beautiful, sometimes humorous, and about real or imagined places that we all share. I am interested in topics that provide insight into current popular culture and that allow me, and the audience, a chance at self-reflection. Conceptual, procedural and actual distances are how I like to consider the idea of abstraction and or representation. For this exhibition the painting's references range from the fuzzy memory of common photographs to the formal mapping of fictitious locations.
One weekend only - Feb 28 from 6-10pm
The Skin I Have Been Living In
Mokulito-Lithography on the Wood of Ewa Budka (Budkalito)
When the human body is cut, the skin begins a new story: a story of the past, pain, restoration, memory, and the scar. This story is a universal lesson of pure reality. Budka illuminates these stories by replacing the cold, lifeless lithographer's stone with swelling, breathing wood - wood that already has its own life story embedded within its grain. The wood absorbs Budka's drawings and incantations, forming an emotive picture of primal instincts, a cosmos of natural reactions - pain, frustration, animality, sexuality and love. But it is the skin that tells the body's story. In Budka's work the wood is the body and the paper becomes the skin that retains and maps the imprint of affectivity within the matrix of its own cellular structure.
Pioneering an Earth-friendly approach to the lithographic process, the alchemy of Mokulito allows Ewa to substitute water for chemicals. While printer's ink sticks to the applied oil-based mediums (crayons, markers, pencils, and paint) water repels the ink from the untouched areas of the wood body keeping the original image intact for multiple printings and further manipulation.
Ewa Budka is a Master printmaker and fashion model. She graduated in May 2013 from the Department of Graphic Art and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with the Rector's honors. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary is proud to host her show "The Skin I Have Been Living In" while she fulfills her residency at Paul Art Space.
Stepping Razors: Chapter 22 "Dem Bloodletting Blues"
January 17th 2013
review of 'The Missed-Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows' at Aggregate Space
Another review in The Micro Giant
Christopher Burch and Hoffman Lachance Contemporary are pleased to present "The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows: Stepping Razors, Chapter 22-Dem Bloodletting Blues" an exhibition of new mixed media works, reassembled found objects, and a large scale narrative mural. "Stepping Razors, Chapter 22-Dem Bloodletting Blues," will be Burch's second solo exhibition with Hoffman Lachance Contemporary since "The Sleep of Reason" of 2010.
"Surface is an illusion of protection-a false border"
Dec 6th - 28th
New work from Jon Cournoyer
Opening reception November 8th 6-10pm
Artist talk at gallery Sunday November 10th at 2pm
"Jon Cournoyer creates art from objects of the past, but he's not in the nostalgia business. His layered collages are carefully built from last century's storybook images, bits of advertising, postcards and strange sigils from who-knows-where, but not as a simple statement of "Ah, the old days." Instead, Cournoyer imbues each piece with a secret narrative -- every object is integral to the story inherent in the larger whole, and it's up to the viewer to decipher that story. The more you look the more you see, but careful examination is useless without intuition; the more you feel each of his works, the more you know about each one. That inspired connectivity is the gift locked in all of his work."
--- By PAUL FRISWOLD
Group show of artists interpretations of the myth, horror and humor of Zombies through sculpture, painting, drawing, photo and mixed media.
|Saturday October 5th 6-10pm
Exhibition by Benjamin Lowder
'The spell cast by the last century of advertising, to create a consumer culture, will be broken by this exhibition. Benjamin Lowder has worked as a designer for fifteen years bringing creative design solutions to fields ranging from architecture to advertising. Lowder has emerged as a contemporary polymath drawing on his passion for geometry, mythology and semiotics. He is currently serving as a design consultant to the preservation of R. Buckminster Fuller's original geodesic dome home in Carbondale IL, and is using his exhibition, Myth, Math & Magic as a fund-raising effort to complete the dome's preservation. "Preserving Fuller's original dome home is an important declaration of our contemporary cultural values," says Lowder.
|One Hybrid Moment
New work from Christopher Paquet
Opening with artist saturday Sept 14th 6-10pm
|Aug 16-31 2013
Paul Artspace teams up with Hoffman LaChance Contemporary for special exhibition 'Sisyphus Americana' - with Irish artists Carl Giffney and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch
July 14th - August 10th
Review in STL Beacon by Sarah Hermes Griesbach
Review in West End Word by Dickson Beall
Everything Else is Everything Else
Friday June 14th 6-10pm
Opening rception May 10 6-10pm
May 10- June 1
Show images here
Jeremy Long - New Paintings
Opening reception Friday April 5th from 6-10pm
April 5th - 27th
Jeremy Long, is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing. He received his BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from The American University in Washington D.C. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States, most recently at Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery in Boston MA ,The Bowery Gallery in N.Y.C., Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago Il, and the Swope Museum of American Art in Terre Haute, IN. Since 2007 he has been an active member in the painting collective Midwest Paint Group.
Exhibit photos HERE
'On the Shoulders of....'
revisiting/reworking thriftstore paintings,photos,sculpture, etc.
Opening reception Friday March 8th 6-10pm
Participating artists -
Alicia LaChance, Amy Bautz, Amy VanDonsel, Ben Pierce, Bryan Walsh, Burn 353, Casey Miller, Chris Harris, Christopher Burch, Christopher Paquet, Dana Smith, Daniel Burnett, Daniel Gaeng, Daniel Jefferson, Danielle Spradley, David Langley, Deb Douglas, Dik Downey, Jason Spencer, Jay Alan Babcock, Jeremy Rabus, Joey Potts, Jon Cournoyer, Joy Tiyasirachokchai, Justin Tolentino, Kit Keith, Kris Mosby , Michael Hoffman, Michael Kilfoy, Michael Wille, Myles Keough, Neil Vandervloed, Peat Wollaeger, Peter Pranschke, Phil Jarvis, Robert Longyear, Ron Buechele, Revise CMW, Ruben Aguirre, Sam Davis, Sandra Marchewa, Sarah Giannobile, Seth Coston, Stan Chisholm, Tim Meehan, William LaChance
New paintings from Michael Wille
Feb1st - 23rd
opening reception with the artist Feb 1st from 6pm - 10pm
Refreshments provided - open to the public!
RFT review by Jessica Baran here
Home Life in Far Away Lands
New work from Jon Cournoyer
Opening reception Friday November 2nd 2012 from 6pm-10pm
"Jon Cournoyer layers beautiful images that recall the happiness of childhood days, but that are also tinged with the dread menace of childhood nights. His materials are old picture books, aspirational novels for girls, treasuries of verse and his own arcane sense of balance. For his new exhibition, Home Life in Far Away Lands, the familiar angelic young ladies and golden seals are once again set against their stately text fields, but there's something new -- images of the night sky are a recurrent feature. Are these constellations the far away lands of the show's title? That's the true beauty of Cournoyer's work; there's always a narrative for you to unravel and make each piece your own. These are storybooks written in image, half-remembered adventures made manifest.
Home Life in Far Away Lands opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-960-5322 or www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com).
The show remains up through November 25, and the gallery is open Friday and Saturday (and by appointment). - By PAUL FRISWOLD"
Alternative Cloud Research
Saturday September 29th
Alternative Cloud Research is a platform for exploring the meta-physical dimensions of Google earth. It is an automated image archive as well as a collectionof non-utilitarian objects created on the basis of this research.
'A Moment In Time'
New paintings by Elizabeth Knoblauch
Oil paintings made from old photos of people and landscapes from the surrounding area of artsts home in France.
June 8th -- June 30th
Opening reception friday June 8th 6-10pm
New paintings by Jeremy Rabus
May 4th -- May 26th
Opening reception friday May 4th 6-10pm
April 6th - April through April 28th
'For the Record'
paintings of Giovanna Cassilly
Opening reception Friday evening April 6th from 6 til 12
refreshments provided + music from 18andCounting
Review in Examiner by M.T.Erickson here
Dec. 9th - Jan 7th
Nov 4th - 26th
'In Plain Air'
Paintings from Christopher Paquet and Seth Coston
New Paintings, Drawings Archived & Flat Filed 1997-2011
One weekend show
August 19 , 20 and 21
Reception with artist friday August 19th 6pm - 10pm
June - July
One Weekend show - June 3,4 and 5
Jessica Hargreaves and Susan Kraut
May 6th - May 28th 2011
Opening reception May 6th from6pm - 10pm
Group show Curated by Michael Wille
Review by Ivy Cooper in Saint Louis Beacon
Review by Jessica Baran Saint Louis Art Capsules RFT
Review by Sarrita Hunn in temporaryartreview.com
Outliers: New paintings by Jeremy Rabus
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 2011, 6pm -10pm
April 8th - April 30th, 2011
|Round About -
Work from Pele Prints
March 14 - March 31, 2011
February 4th - February 26
Opening reception Feb. 4th 6pm - 10pm
John Talbott Allen
|November 5th - 27th
Opening reception Nov. 5th 6pm - 10pm
|October 1st - 30th
Opening reception Oct. 1st 6pm - 10pm
|September 3rd - 25th.
June 4th thru June 26th
Opening reception June 4th 6-10pm
Opening reception friday April 2nd 6pm - 10pm
"The Pangaea Project"
new work by Jeremy Rabus
Opening reception March 5th from 6pm - 10pm
Jan 15th to Feb 13th
opening reception Friday Jan 15th from 6-10pm
RFT Review (Baran)
October 16th thru November 14th
The Studio Chronical interview (D.B.Smith)
September 18th thru October 10th
Charley Edelman and Robert Longyear
May 29 - July 4
Opening reception with the artist 6pm to 10pm Friday May 29th
Good wine and food from Sashas Wine Bar
Jeralds work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the UBS Art Collection Los Angeles.
|Friday April 17th 6pm - 10pm
'Location; In Formation'
'Presence at a Distance' - sculpture into architecture
Group exhibit May 2nd - May 9th
opening reception May 2nd 6-10
Benefit for NEST
Wednesday May 13th 5:30pm to 9:00pm
more info for NEST here
|HLC is relocating to 2713 Sutton Blvd
Our grand re-opening is Friday February 13th 6pm-10pm
Friday February 13th thru Saturday March 14th
Brian Kuhlmann/Joslyn Beta Lawrence,
and Michael Hoffman.
Group Show artwork
Opening night photos
|Poetry Scores benefit November 21st 2008
|Silent art auction fundraiser for AIDS Lifecycle 7 on Sunday May 4th from 4pm - 8pm. Enjoy food and drinks and bid on the artwork of:
Tom Huck, Anne Treager Huck, Jerald Ieans, Jorge Martinez, Laura Beard, Jenna Bauer, Wade Crowder, Carly Main, Riccardo Hayes, Andy Millner, Ken Calcaterra, Heather Reed, Anne Owens, Nancy Holtz, Bill Christman, Anne Molaskey Ibur, Dimitri Kabbaz, Keith Kelly, Alicia LaChance and Michael Hoffman.
Music by DJ Love and The Magic Tree.
Support Rommie Martinez on her third Life Cycle ride!
|Friday April 4th -
opening reception with the artist
Group show in second room
|Washington University sculpture exhibit
feb 15th 2008
'hold me tighter' performance
|November 30th holiday group show
|Friday October 5th
new works from Jon Cournoyer
October 5th thru November 5th
Friday September 14 8pm - Midnight
Sounds by DJ Eric Hall
|'Art and Cinema'
July 13th group show featuring
Jerald Ieans, Michael Behle, Doug Kassabaum, Belinda Lee, Matt O'Shea, Michael Hoffman, William LaChance and Alicia LaChance.
July 14th Rendevous Cinema
French New Wave Cinema's defining films,
6pm * Truffaut's The 400 Blows
8pm * Godard's Breathless
|Graphic in Nature March 2007
|'Clue - a photographic interpretation' by
|Washington University Sculpture Exhibit
February 9th 2007
|November group show with over 20 local artists
|Grand opening with Jon Cournoyer and Jake Cruzen