BRUCE CONNER'S METAPHYSICAL SERVICES: THIS IS A BRUCE CONNER EXHIBITION
February 19 – March 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 19, 7-9PM at Will Brown
According to Bruce Conner, Bruce Conner's 2000 retrospective at the Walker Art Center was grossly incomplete. The ultimate Bruce Conner retrospective, as far as the artist was concerned, would have seven parts—one for each face of his complex and varied practice. The Walker exhibition—a massive undertaking toward the end of Conner's life—was simply Part Two.
Part Six of his comprehensive show would feature "destroyed works, vanished works, events, invisible work, conceptual works, etc." as explained in a 2007 interview. BRUCE CONNER'S METAPHYSICAL SERVICES addresses this impossible chapter by showcasing seven sides of the artist's metaphysical output as drawn from anecdotes and artworks. Presented in the form of discrete experiential stations, the exhibition offers a tour through the landscape of Conner's most ephemeral interests and tendencies.
BRUCE CONNER'S METAPHYSICAL SERVICES is inspired not only by Part Six, but also by an incident at Bruce Conner's Physical Services, a Los Angeles gym that refused to change its name despite the artist's repeated requests. In response, Conner handed out buttons reading I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER to all patrons entering the premises.
BRUCE CONNER'S METAPHYSICAL SERVICES: THIS IS A BRUCE CONNER EXHIBITION is made possible by di Rosa and runs concurrently with INHERENT VICE: THIS IS NOT A BRUCE CONNER EXHIBITION on view in Napa, CA through April 6, 2014. Will Brown wishes to thank di Rosa curator Amy Owen for commissioning these interrelated projects.
ON VIEW IN WILL BROWN GALLERY B
A facsimile of INHERENT VICE: THIS IS NOT A BRUCE CONNER EXHIBITION.