Twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor were brought up within a secretive and highly controversial cult
known as ‘The Family’. Born out of the hippy movement in 1968 and founded by David Berg ‘The Family’
was an extreme Christian cult whose members believed in something called ‘The System’. Other children
brought up within the cult include the actors River and Joaquin Phoenix. As children the twins were
deprived of access to information from outside of their commune. Without access to mainstream media
their knowledge of the world was limited to the teachings and interactions they gained from other cult
members. At sixteen the boys turned their backs on The Family and ran away from home. After several
years riding the freight trains they settled in the Brooklyn area of New York.
Having been starved of information for so many years Franklyn and Brendan were initially overwhelmed
by the outside world but soon developed an insatiable curiosity and a remarkable
appetite to learn. They developed a system whereby each of them would read, watch and discover
things independently and then share them with one another via a series of notebooks and sketchpads.
This interaction developed into making art together, a process they describe as ‘trying to make sense of
the world.’ Their often humorous work is steeped in references to both historical and popular culture and
presents an almost anthropological view of contemporary western society. Now in their early twenties the
twins split their time between New York and Missouri.
The Connor Brothers are fictional characters created by the artist’s known as the Connor Brothers.