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Bruce Conner: The High Priest of Collage

by Natalie Hegert
        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 sources, and take on a cryptic symbolism.  These small scale compositions, many in egg-shaped frames or featu... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 2/21/10