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   from the issue of July 20, 2006

Sheldon lithographs present look at alumnus' art career

The lithographs of Bruce Conner, an acclaimed San Francisco-area artist and NU alum, are on display in "Bruce Conner Selections," through Sept. 24 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

"Untitled No. 113," by Bruce Conner, not dated, offset lithography, gift of Corban and Audrey Lepell.

A 1956 NU graduate, Conner has made a number of leaps in style and media in his 50-year career as an artist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Wichita, Kan., native became known for dark, sinister assemblages - reflecting the consumerism and nuclear fears of the period - made of scraps and scavenged goods often bound with wax and nylons.

After a hiatus, Conner worked as an experimental filmmaker, producing 20 short films exploring dark themes of American culture. While Conner had developed ties with Hollywood, he quit the medium by the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, he created carefully crafted photographs of the San Francisco punk rock scene.

Throughout his career, Conner has created drawings inspired by a diversity of interests ranging from mysticism, psychedelia, Eastern philosophies and Existentialism. He has produced mandala, star and inkblot drawings that express an obsessive commitment to precision.

The Sheldon exhibition, which focuses on one period of his drawings, includes both color and black and white prints from the permanent collection.

"Bruce Conner Selections" will be the subject of a Second Sunday gallery talk by Janice Dreisbach, Sheldon director, at 2 p.m. Sept. 10.

For additional information, go online to or call 472-2461.



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