Bc after bc

After Bruce Conner: Anonymous, Anonymouse, and Emily Feather

Jack Rasmussen

Author
Jack Rasmussen
Publisher
American University Museum
Published
2005
Page Count
47

This exhibition catalogue was published in conjunction with a show held at the American University Art Museum, October 21 - December 17, 2005.

Bruce Conner has repeatedly reinvented himself as an artist since he became known in the 1950s for his assemblage works. Conner regarded identity and authenticity as variables, which he questioned critically and humorously. For the collection of prints in this exhibition and illustrated in the catalogue, Conner works under the auspices of ‘Anonymous,’ ‘Anonymouse,’ and ‘Emily Feather.

In an excerpt from his interview with Rasmussen, Conner gives the viewer a glimpse into the minds of the artists known as ‘Anonymous’, ‘Anonymouse’, and ‘Emily Feather.’ “Emily Feather has an affinity for blue ink. Some of her drawings seem like the patterns of frost that appear during a cold winter night on a glass windowpane. I can discern her interest in Asian and Native American Indian art in the drawings. Anonymouse uses a more sinuous line and the inkblots are likely to be connected linearly from one vertical series to another. Anonymous was listening to the radio on 9/11 when the two airplanes collided with the World Trade Center. Anonymous created a scroll inkblot drawing with two leaves falling. There was another work later that day with three leaves. Then four leaves. More scrolls with more leaves were created in the weeks of crisis that followed. Falling leaves and leaving.”

Contains two-part interview by Rasmussen and Conner with additional texts by Rasmussen.

Soft bound, text in English, illustrated.