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Bruce Conner

20111219215245-the-six-gallery_sfmoma1 The Other Others   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Lawrence Jordan, Fred Martin at Ever Gold Gallery December 8th, 2011 - January 6th, 2012
Posted 12/19/11

I generally take umbrage at the fervor proponents of Beat culture embrace the movement’s otherness as an extension of their own, a permanent boho earnestness that leads to a degree from Naropa, a hankering for hitchhiking, and a plaintive (often unearned) nostalgia for five-points jazz bars. Naturally, a few buzzwords in the press release for "Beat by the Bay" at Ever Gold Gallery immediately touched off the cynicism of this Los Angeles-native, my own pet brand of otherness. I can’t even remember... [more]

Hauntology_shipdrawing A Spectre is Haunting Berkeley...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Diane Arbus, Travis Collinson, Bruce Conner, Robert Gutierrez, Arnold Kemp, Paul Schiek, Paul Sietsema, Luc Tuymans, Carrie Mae Weems at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive July 14th, 2010 - December 5th, 2010
Posted 8/2/10

Hauntology is essentially the science of spooking. Jacques Derrida first coined the word in 1993 in the book Spectres of Marx. He used the term to illustrate how communism’s failed Utopian ideals haunt capitalist society in a way that not only upsets the easy progression of time, but also accommodates a radical critique of the present. In more apolitical terms, the “persistence of a present past” also seems so fundamental to the concept of a museum, the cannon of art history, and th... [more]

Blade_runner_poster More Human Than Human   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Eleanor Antin, Jennifer Bornstein, Juan Capistran, Bruce Conner, Rodney Graham, Colter Jacobsen, Tim Lee, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Kristen Morgin, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Allen Ruppersberg, Mark Soo, Ron Terada, Mario Garcia Torres, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, James Welling at CCA Wattis Institute January 19th, 2010 - April 10th, 2010
Posted 3/8/10

      Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores or anyhow ominvores who could depart from a meat diet. Because, ultimately, the empathic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated.   Science fiction is an art of prophecy, a process of historicizing the present, a reflection of an ongoing present as past, and a refraction of future permutations. The imaginary, symbolic, and real become interwoven through a proce... [more]

Conner1 Bruce Conner: The High Priest of Collage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bruce Conner at Susan Inglett Gallery January 28th, 2010 - March 13th, 2010
Posted 2/21/10

        Bruce Conner's collages, now on view at Susan Inglett Gallery, most of them from the last ten years, share a similar aesthetic to the Victorian photocollages, but only in one respect, that much of the imagery is extracted from woodcut engravings of Victorian-era magazines.  The arrangements Conner created however are starkly different: darker, more esoteric, mystical and somber.  Though culled from period sources, the images are decontextualized from any reference to their original sourc... [more]

Cb08jpg OCMA's California Biennial on View Through March 15  
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Michael Arcega, Edgar Arceneaux, The Backroom, My Barbarian, Kelly Barrie, Justin Beal, Walead Beshty, Andrea Bowers, Jedediah Caesar, Sarah Cain, Bruce Conner, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Felipe Dulzaides, Sam Durant, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, ESL (Esthetics as a Second Language), Morgan Fisher, Piero Golia, Gronk, Karl Haendel, Mark Hagen, Skylar Haskard, Patrick "Pato" Hebert, Evan Holloway, Margaret Honda, Jordan Kantor, Mary Kelly, Tony Labat, D'nell Larson, Elad Lassry, William Leavitt, Matt Lucero, Shana Lutker, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Rodney McMillian, Julio Cesar Morales, Raymond Pettibon, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Yvonne Rainer, Marco Rios, Amanda Ross-Ho, Aaron Sandnes, Anna Sew Hoy, High Desert Test Sites, Jim Skuldt, Kara Tanaka, Joel Tauber, Ruben Ortiz Torres, Erika Vogt, Mary Weatherford, Lauren Woods, Brenna Youngblood at Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) October 26th, 2008 - March 15th, 2009
Posted 10/25/08

It has been a rough start to the new millennium, and sadly art survey shows have failed to reflect the context in which art makers and viewers live. Thankfully Lauri Firstenberg of LAXART has remedied the disconnect with the 2008 California Biennial. Before you walk in the door, Sam Durant's banners (in English and Spanish) hijack the OC's civic-boosterism-via-banner-blight, by reminding residents that their comfortable homes were built by the sweat of an undocumented workforce, on a piece of... [more]

Conner_rozmakesagiantstep Family-Type Entertainment   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bruce Conner at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive June 4th, 2008 - August 3rd, 2008
Posted 6/28/08

Bruce Conner’s photographic documentation of the San Francisco punk scene at Mabuhay Gardens, now on display at the Berkeley Art Museum, does not seem at all out of character for the Bay Area assemblage-based artist. Known for his compositions of city detritus and later found footage films, Mabuhay presented a living evolution of Conner’s beat aesthetic. After being asked by Search & Destroy-cum-RE/Search magazine publisher V. Vale, for a contribution, Conner’s project began.... [more]

4_hedrick_christmastree_1955_webready Low Slow Life   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Altoon, Bob Arentz, Joseph Beuys, Stan Brakhage, Malcolm W. Browne, John Cage, Bruce Conner, Paul Cotton, Jay DeFeo, Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Wally Hedrick, Mike Henderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mallary, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Allan Midgette, Henry Moore, Saburo Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Al Payne, Raivo Puusemp, Kazuo Shiraga, Tony Smith, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stan VanDerBeek, Irby Walton, Andy Warhol at CCA Wattis Institute February 7th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Posted 3/14/08

Low Life Slow Life, an exhibit curated by Paul McCarthy at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts is billed as showcasing “a wide range of artists and artworks related to memories from McCarthy’s career.” In this sense, the result is very true to its word. Vitrines filled with ephemera from McCarthy’s own collection are scattered throughout the Wattis’s downstairs gallery. Included are record albums by Karlheinz Stockhausen, coffee-table size books on Happeni... [more]

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