Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bruce Conner (November 18, 1933 - July 7, 2008)

Conner's work is so varied it runs against the common notion that if an artist is to be successful or recognized they must have a consistent style that identifies him/her to the viewer (or listener). His work in assemblage, film, and drawing is unparalleled --something I'm certain Conner was aware of. His legendary prickliness or suspiciousness could be due to self-preservation; his desire to survive materially as an artist without having to succumb to commercialization or being turned into a commodity as he could so easily have become. He was a true maverick.


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