Monday, May 28, 2007

Looking For Mushrooms

Nice photo, this - two people I admire very much; Bruce Conner (standing) and Terry Riley. Conner is an extraordinary artist - films, paintings, sculptures, collages, assemblages, you name it; all his works are possessed of a sly wit and political consciousness. As an experimental film-maker, I regard him as the only serious rival to my beloved Kenny Anger, particularly in terms of imagery and editing, and manipulation of found footage. Like Anger, he is an obsessive craftsman, honing and honing his films frame by frame.
Riley - one of the main originators of Minimalism (and so much more, of course) and one of the very first people to start experimenting with tape-loops. Did he also invent the hippy 'happening' with his all-night concerts and all-purpose love-ins? He produced a couple of wonderful soundtracks for Conner's films, too.
They are both still around and producing great work - it's nice to see two old Beats still grooving away.

14 Comments:

Blogger doppelganger said...

Blimey.... it's a Michael Moorcock look-a-like competition over here these days...

2:12 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yeah, it's beards a gogo.
Riley looks a little like a demented Alexander Solzhenitsyn too, here.

6:34 PM  
Blogger doppelganger said...

"like a demented Alexander Solzhenitsyn"

Like the original wasn't demented?

6:46 PM  
Blogger Dominic Zero said...

Great post...but I thimk you need to get away from beards for a while...maybe something on Lee Majors.

10:35 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Nice clean cut guy, Majors - but feed a certain Ms Bloom's Lee fixation and who knows what could happen?

7:07 AM  
Blogger murmurists said...

The Joseph Cornell site is very nice. Well-spotted, Anthony

1:55 PM  
Blogger Dominic Zero said...

Yes, Lee Majors is just going to be trouble. Maybe Gil Gerard...

10:13 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yes, I thought the Cornell site was excellent.

Gil Gerard! Where is he now? What's he up to? I always like to think of these ex-stars lurking in their decaying mansions, mired in porn and drugs , watching their old reruns and weeping.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

Oooooooooooooooooh.


Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


Ooooooooh.


Majorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Dominic Zero said...

I saw Gerard in a hokey TV movie about a year ago and he did look terrible.

8:51 AM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Ha! I love it. The long slow afterlife of the ex-star.
Although, I'm now informed, a certain Ms Bloom thought Gerard (in his Buck Rogers get-up) was not unattractive. Grrr.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

They're even better when they've 'gone home' actually.

Think Lee.
Think Buck.
Think B.A.
Think Old Man Steptoe.

Ho hum.

9:49 AM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Old Man Steptoe, now you're talking.
Cor!

10:59 AM  
Blogger doppelganger said...

aren't we .... umm... back to beards?

11:17 PM  

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