Twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor were brought up within a secretive and highly controversial cult known as ‘The Family’. Born out of the hippy movement in 1968 and founded by David Berg ‘The Family’ was an extreme Christian cult whose members believed in something called ‘The System’.
Other children brought up within the cult include the actors River and Joaquin Phoenix. As children the twins were deprived of access to information from outside of their commune. 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. Having been starved of information for so many years Franklyn and Brendan were initially overwhelmed by the outside world but soon developed an insatiable curiosity and a remark- able 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.
Now in their early twenties the twins split their time between New York and Missouri. The Connor Brothers are fictional characters created by the artist’s known as the Connor Brothers.
THE CONNOR BROTHERS
The Connor Brothers’ work explores the nature of truth and fiction, often blurring the line between the two. They first came into the public eye in 2013 disguised as American twins who had escaped from an extreme Christian cult. Since then they have exhibited internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.
Their work is held in private and public collections throughout the World including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The Connor Brothers is a pseudonym for artists Mike Snelle (b.1978) and James Golding (b.1975). They have exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong, Germany, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Penguin Books Art Collection
The Niarchos Collection
The Omer Koc Collection