The Connor Brothers
Under the mysteriously compelling guise of Missouri-born twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor who escaped to New York ‘to make sense of the world’ they had been deprived of as children. The Connor Brothers rapidly gained popularity and fame following their creation of playful yet equally profound works. As the duo experienced increasing success for eighteen months under the pseudonym of the Connor Brothers, it was decided to reveal their true identities, resulting in even greater success.
Without access to mainstream media their knowledge of the world was limited to the teachings and interactions they gained from other cult members. At sixteen the boys turned their backs on The Family and ran away from home. After several years riding the freight trains they settled in the Brooklyn area of New York.
Franklyn and Brendan were initially overwhelmed by the outside world but soon developed an insatiable curiosity and a remarkable appetite to learn. They developed a system whereby each of them would read, watch and discover things independently and then share them with one another via a series of notebooks and sketchpads. This interaction developed into making art together, a process they describe as ‘trying to make sense of the world.’ Their often-humorous work is steeped in references to both historical and popular culture and presents an almost anthropological view of contemporary western society.
By combining Old Masters’ works and Mills and Boon romantic book covers with witty texts seeking to make fun of a modern, materialistic world, the Connor Brothers blur the lines between truth and fiction.