BRUCE CONNER: OUT OF BODY
EVENT #: 20645
Bellas Artes Projects is pleased to announce Bellas Artes Projects: Art Weekend. During the Art Fair weekend, we will be opening the second part of Bruce Conner: Out of Body in Bataan, the first major exhibition of this important American artist in Southeast Asia, curated by Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt.
Inspired by an out of body experience the artist had at the age of eleven, the exhibition considers strands of Eastern and Western spirituality in across the artist’s work in the way that it attempts to break away from the chains of physical existence and into a space of timeless consciousness.
One of Bruce Conner’s most iconic works is the thirty-six-minute film CROSSROADS (1976) created from archival footage of the first nuclear weapons tests conducted at Bikini Atoll in the summer of 1946. (Code name: Operation Crossroads). Once the material was declassified, Conner spliced and manipulated the footage into a terrifying yet beautiful atomic levels of destruction of a monumental scale.
From March 3rd to June 3rd, CROSSROADS will be screened thrice weekly from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm, reminding us of the precarity of our existence and the need to foster positive energy to bring peace for ourselves and for the environment.
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Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was one of the most prominent American artists of the postwar era and a key figure of the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950s. Conner is known for his surrealist sculptures such as Child (1959) and Looking Glass (1964) and innovative avant-garde films, alluding to themes of postwar American society. Conner was a multimedia artist, creating hybrids of painting and sculpture, film and performance, drawing and printing, including bodies of works on paper utilizing drawing and collage. In filmmaking, Conner developed a quick-cut method of editing, combining found and new footage. His films such as A Movie (1958) and Crossroads (1976) have become pillars of American experimental cinema.