‘I don’t know about other people, but when I wake up in the morning and put my shoes on I think Christ, Now What’ – The Connor Brothers
If ever there was a quote to sum up the times of COVID lockdowns..this would be it! Our usual routines and the often hamster like wheel of bus(y)ness came to a standstill… and with it we were forced to reevaluate our purpose and how we choose to spend our time. On the one hand, this has provoked the exposure of the deep inequalities and disparities in society ... it has forced an existential crisis of sorts, a dark night of the soul where we have had no choice but to confront the darkness, without the usual distractions or time constraints. Who are we when we strip away the noise? The preoccupations? The addictions? I think more than anything it has highlighted how intrinsic true human connection and physical contact is for our mental health. There is no replacement for a human hug, love and conversation. The things we once took for granted; no longer being able to meet with friends or family as casually as we once did, served to highlight where the true value lies in our existence.
The best way to try and make sense of the uncertain nature of life is through creative expression; anything which moves your soul to express your feelings. And this is exactly how the London based Connor Brothers birthed their artwork, as a form of therapy and a reminder to not take life too seriously (laughter of course being one of the best medicines.) Featuring self-deprecating quotes which explore the boundary between truth and fiction…denial and acceptance…self deprecation and self-love.
In a world where we are bombarded with so much imagery and words from the media, with cancel culture feeling sometimes like a cult… How do we separate our own essence from groupthink? In a world where politics seems more like a reality TV show rather than a service FOR the people? In a world where we seem to be more on show than ever, it begs the question why are there topics (which should be out of the shadows) still rather taboo?
Is something true because it is more convenient? Sometimes it’s easier to deal with a reassuring lie than an inconvenient truth. They say the truth is stranger than fiction and to what extent is that true? Certainly for my own life you honestly couldn't make it up if you tried....This lies at the heart of the work.
Both uplifting and skeptical, these works are a penetrating and punchy look at how we relate to others and to ourselves, in an ever increasingly digitalized world. How are relationships navigated and formed, now we seemingly have love affairs with our screens instead.
The last ever images from the Connor Brothers PULP FICTION series are being showcased at our favourite, Box Galleries in Chelsea until 31st July 2020 and once they have gone, they have gone! Prices range from £1,950 to £7,500.
The pieces are a poignant mélange of nostalgic imagery recontextulising artworks from; 50s dime novels of vintage pin up beauties, old Hollywood starlets and disheveled heroes juxtaposed with witty captions. They are iconic hand embellished pigment prints with varnish, float mounted and framed in hand made ash frames. They encapsulate the ebb and flow of the human experience… in which we are always co-creating from our awareness to try and process the unease we can all feel at times.
The gallery is open to the public by appointment only. Box Galleries also offers a unique home approval service for clients which is all included in the price of the artwork. This service advises on; location, height, width, lighting and where it is best placed in relation to other artwork you may have in the room. This service is available within London and any surrounding areas within an hour’s distance. This personalised service is so helpful as once pieces are out of the gallery, the work can take on a completely different vibe once in the comfort of your home, lest the logistical expertise of actually getting the piece from the gallery to your home.
Commissions are also available price on request, perfect for interior designers.
Remember these wise words……..