The Connor Brothers

All My Life I’ve Been a Liar and That’s the Truth

14 June — 23 June 2017

Live and work in London

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Particularly relevant given contemporary society’s obsession with Fake News and a Post Truth Reality, the Pulp Fiction series questions what we mean when we say that something is ‘True’

The Connor Brothers is a pseudonym for London based artists Mike Snelle and James Golding. Their work explores themes such as the nature of truth, the power of fiction, and the concept of sanity in contemporary culture. Often they invent believable fictions which are designed to fool the viewer and remind them to hold their beliefs lightly - ‘what appear to be universal truths often turn out to be little more than the convenient fictions.’ 

Tales of tricksters are rife in the stories told by almost all cultures, from Br’er Rabbit to the Viking god Loki. Characteristically, their role is to playfully challenge conventional rules and momentarily disrupt normal life, lifting the rug to force us to examine some aspect of ourselves or our culture, so that when they put it back, everything is not quite as it used to be. The Connor Brothers play this role perfectly, luring is into their fictional world only to leave us wondering whether the real world is quite as it seems. 

The Connor Brother’s Pulp Fiction works recontextualize the artworks of 1950’s dime novels, giving them new and disconcerting meanings. 

Particularly relevant given contemporary society’s obsession with Fake News and a Post Truth Reality, the series questions what we mean when we say that something is ‘True’. Is truth absolute? Or is it merely the most convenient of available fictions? The relativism they propose undermines our everyday understanding of events, and suggest a world in which no meaning is fixed or certain. This obsession with the nature of reality stems from the artists’ background which includes experiences of both mental health issues and addiction, and the alternative realities these experiences involve. Perhaps those we deem ‘crazy’ experience a truth every bit as valid as our own. 

Known for their elaborate hoaxes the pair often play the role of tricksters, temporarily disrupting everyday life, to reveal hidden truths about ourselves and the world we live in. Often these hoaxes leave the viewer with a lingering sense of discomfort, as if they have been shown a fleeting glance behind the curtain at the way society fabricates meaning. The Pulp Fiction series attempts to recreate this feeling using only text and images, oftentimes using purposefully ambiguous statements that can be interpreted in several ways. The pairing of images with text is chosen to exaggerate this effect, often leaving us questioning the relationship between the two. They are in effect, minute works of fiction, the images serving as clues by which to attempt to interpret the text.

\ Exhibition featured works

The Connor Brothers

And Those Who Were Seen Dancing

2016 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 112 x 68cm

The Connor Brothers

Became Insane...

2017 \ Giclee, screen print, acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 170x100cm

The Connor Brothers

Celebrity Is A Mask That Eats It's Own Face

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 112 x 68cm

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The Connor Brothers

Christ, Now What?

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 170 x 100cm

The Connor Brothers

Complicated Ways

2017 \ Giclee, screen print, acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 170x100cm

The Connor Brothers

Ever Had The Feeling You're Being Watched

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

Every Saint Has A Past & Every Sinner Has A Future

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

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The Connor Brothers

Everyone Catches Up With Themselves Eventually

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

I Don't Want To Go To Heaven

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

I Drink To Make Other People More Interesting

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

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The Connor Brothers

I Know I'm Paranoid...

2016 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

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The Connor Brothers

I Wanted To Enjoy My Daughter's Violin Recital

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

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The Connor Brothers

I'd Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy

2016 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

If You've Got A Skeleton In Your Closet

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

Jesus Kick A Puppy

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x20.5cm

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The Connor Brothers

Just because you all believe it

2017 \ Giclee, screen print, acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75x50cm

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The Connor Brothers

Logical Validity

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

The Connor Brothers

Logical Validity Is Not A Guarantee Of Truth

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

One Of Us Was Insane

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 112 x 68cm

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The Connor Brothers

Sharpen My Tongue

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

The Connor Brothers

Sharpen My Tongue

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

She Lived In Fear Of All The Mistakes She'd Not Yet Made

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

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The Connor Brothers

She Realises She Doesn't Know As Much As God...

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

The Edge

2017 \ Giclee, screen print, acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75x50cm

The Connor Brothers

The Truth Is Rarely Pure And Never Simple

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

The Truth Is Rarely Pure And Never Simple

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 170 x 100cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

This Is A Lie

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

Those who Were Seen Dancing...

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 170 x 100cm

The Connor Brothers

Tremendous Energy

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 112 x 68cm

The Connor Brothers

Tremendous Energy

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

Vice Versa

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

The Connor Brothers

Vice Versa

2017 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27 x 20.5cm

The Connor Brothers

What A Terrible Mistake

2017 \ Giclee, screen print acrylic and oil and hand applied varnish on paper \ 75 x 50cm

SOLD

The Connor Brothers

You Shall Know The Truth

2016 \ Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen, framed \ 27x20.5cm

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\ Installation photo 2

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\ Other exhibitions

Anthony Lister

Homeless Among the Gum Trees

13 September — 6 October 2017

Zoë MacDonell

Stealing fire

3 August — 18 August 2017

Katy Woodroffe

The Well

17 July — 28 July 2017

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to find out more about All My Life I’ve Been a Liar and That’s the Truth.

Level 1 66 King Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday Or by appointment