Bruce Conner, ‘#115’, 1970, San Francisco Cinematheque: Benefit Auction 2016

An early champion of assemblage and found footage film, Bruce Conner rose to prominence with his short films, dialectical provocations with infamously sinister undertones. #115 is a meticulously rendered mandala, an indelible figure of the universe in the Buddhist tradition that simultaneously reads as a target, a cross-section of coral, and a map of lithographic capillaries. Conner is currently the focus of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Framed. 15 x 15 in. Custom frame with museum glass.

Image rights: Courtesy of Conner Family Trust

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