RESearch - Bruce Conner, The Afternoon Interviews
with V. Vale
First edition with original photo
NY MOMA staged a huge Bruce Conner retrospective which moved to SF MOMA October 2016. In the show are the “Punk” photos Conner shot for V. Vale’s “Search & Destroy” Punk Magazine 1977-79. From the late '70s to 2005, V. Vale interviewed Bruce Conner by telephone and in person mostly in the afternoons. Spontaneous yet insightful in his conversation, Conner is revealed as an innovative improvisatory artist whose goal in life seemed to be freedom and the transcendence of hidebound careerist conformity in all its bureaucratic manifestations. Therefore he created art that annihilated boundaries, categories and predictability. These interviews have never been transcribed and made public, until now. Bruce Conner: The Afternoon Interviews includes a revelatory introduction by art curator, writer and philosopher Natasha Boas. Boas positions Conner as a key artist of the late 20th- to early 21st-century, profiling Conner as a surprising role model for today's emergent and future artists.