Catskill Art Society will present five films by Bruce Conner this June and July at the Laundry King, a former storefront at 65 Main St, Livingston Manor. This series of found-footage films range from Conner’s iconic first, A MOVIE, to later works of the 1960s and 1970s. Admission is complimentary and screenings will take place at 12, 3 and 6pm.
A protean artist who worked across a range of media, Conner is best known for his pioneering use of found footage to create his experimental films. Born in Wichita, Kansas, the artist moved to California in the early 1950s and became a fixture in the San Francisco Beat scene. In his early work, Conner salvaged found materials like broken dolls, fur, fringe, costume jewelry, and candles to create macabre, nylon- shrouded assemblages. With echoes of the Surrealist tradition and of San Francisco's Victorian past, these works rejected the optimistic, consumerist spirit of postwar America. His assemblages prompted the artist to explore similar collaging methods in film. The films, which touch on themes of rising consumer culture and the dread of nuclear apocalypse, challenge the viewer to reexamine media-saturated cultural narratives. His style, with its jarring juxtapositions and propulsive, rhythmic montages, both anticipated and inspired contemporary music video production, and became profoundly influential on postwar American cinema and popular culture.