Time, space, breakup, past, future, bits and parts....Everything coming together into one concept. Thinking. Total consciousness of all you’re involved in. Future expectations and past memories....None of the arts are totally separate…Things that I’ve worked on I expected or even pushed them to make them change. Layers of paint that I know are going to crack.
An Early Abstract Painting by Bruce Conner
This rare early painting from 1957 exhibits the great range of mediums and styles Conner fervently pursued throughout his career, as well as a particular era in which he was still figuring himself in the art world. Conner lived in New York for a short time from 1955 to 1956, at the height of abstract expressionism, and established representation with Charles Alan at his eponymous gallery. After Conner relocated to San Francisco, Alan Gallery continued to show his work, including the present lot, which bears the gallery's label; this painting was later gifted to Natasha Nicholson, a close friend of Conner's.
Around this time, Conner expressed to Alan what would become his infamous taciturn relationship with galleries and his works' reception, along with his anxieties toward authorship and being defined by one recognizable style vulnerable to commodification: “I had no thought of an audience for my paintings....Now, I feel a responsibility towards the people who will be seeing my paintings and towards you. I hope that this doesn't sway me from what I want to do.”