Bruce Conner, ‘27 PUNK PHOTOS: 15. THERESA SODER: THE SITUATIONS, NOVEMBER, 1978’, 2004, Anglim Gilbert Gallery

This piece is part of a photographic project that Conner shot over the course of a year in 1978 at the same club, the Mabuhay Gardens, in San Francisco. The photos weren't printed until years later. Conner printed a set of 26 photos from the series in 1985. Later, in 2004, he printed a different set of 27 photos.

About Bruce Conner

Setting himself and his work in critical opposition to mainstream American society, versatile and restlessly inventive artist Bruce Conner was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950s. He first became known for his assemblages (made between 1957-1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials. He gained international admiration for his surrealistic sculptures and innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage. Referring to his wide-ranging and experimental output, he claimed: “A lot of things I’ve been involved in I’ve done because nobody else was doing them.”

American, 1933-2008, McPherson, Kansas, based in San Francisco, California