Faulkner Center Exhibits Art Work by Max Cordonnier


Photo of Kent LibraryCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2012 — “Faulkner Goes Digital: Computer Art by Max Cordonnier” is currently being exhibited in the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.

Nine pieces of computer-generated art based on William Faulkner’s novels and stories are on display. Represented in the exhibit are three of Faulkner’s greatest novels, “Absalom, Absalom!,” “The Sound and the Fury” and “As I Lay Dying.”

Cordonnier, who died in 2006, was a professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University for 31 years, retiring in 1992. A published poet as well as a painter, Cordonnier turned his attention to computer-enhanced art during his retirement years.

John Bierk, longtime friend and colleague of Cordonnier, said, “Max’s art is a montage of historical figures, literary and mythological figures, and figures he created. The meaning is found in the fascinating interrelationships of these elements.”

Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, added, “Max was a great admirer of the poetry and artwork of William Blake, and his artwork imitates that of Blake in many respects.”

The Cordonnier exhibit is mounted in the display case outside Room 309 in Kent Library.