"A first impression of Connors's work may be chaotic. You will find many different topics being touched upon, and many different styles applied. Connors is like a miner who digs into different directions from the main shaft, digging as long as there is inspiration and inner drive, then shifting to another vein. He does not move from one kind of work to another out of vanity or childish adventure. A lot of thought and contemplation goes into each piece". - Hendrik Dijk 1996
Rocks, steel ball polyester and dirt - 1985- RPI, Troy, NY
"Censorship, The Witch is Dead"
Books, door and rocks - 2003 - Unison, New Paltz
Steel globe, rocks - 1985
"Connors' work, "Sleeping Beauty" is, a passing mother explained to her small child, "a pile of rocks with two arms and a globe." I'll elaborate. Out of the pile of jagged gray rocks grows a crusty globe and two forearms that embrace it. In front of the image is a square drawn in rocks. What does it all mean? "Sleeping Beauty" suggests the union and interdependence of humanity and nature. There is also a sense of metamorphosis: The globe is either rising or sinking, but it's definitely in transit. Ultimately, though, I can no more offer the definitive meaning of the piece than I can tell you what Stonehenge means-nor do I want to. Part of the work's charm is its mystery."
Christine Temin The Boston Globe 10/1/85
Rocks and dirt -1985
Rocks, canoe and Captain Qwen- 2006
Working on steel balls- 1984
"Brooklyn Bridge Monitor"
Steel - 1998
(1)A person who advises, warns, or cautions; (2)In some schools, student chosen to help keep order, record attendance, etc.; (3) Any of several very large, flesh-eating lizards of Africa, S. Asia, and Australia: from the notion that they warn of the presence of crocodiles; (4) Formerly an armored warship, or ironclad, with a low freeboard, low flat deck, and heavy guns fitted in one or more revolving turrets; (5) An instrument for measuring radioactive contamination by means of the ionizing radiation to be emitted; (6) Radio & TV: a receiver or speaker, as in the control room of a broadcasting studio, for checking the quality of transmission.
We are monitored and we monitor from the time of our birth until death and possibly beyond. Life is a constant fluctuation from one condition to the other. We cannot escape this predicament. It has always been with us. Look up.
- D. Connors
" Rough Face Monitor"
Stone - 2004
Bluestone - 2002
Stone, blue chalk - 2013
Bluestone, gold paint -- 2012
D.C. Thinking about picture tubes
" 2 Small Monitors and Chair"
Stone, Marble- 1990
Painted steel - 1994
Painted steel - 2008
Painted steel- 1993
Painted steel - 1995
"DC and Joe M - Drums"
Empty chairs- Saratoga , NY - 1992
"4 Brainy Chairs"
Aluminum chairs, barbed wire, paint -1989
Aluminum chairs, fire -1983
Welded steel - 1992
Aluminum chairs, TV -1988
Aluminum Chairs, gravestones --1989
Aluminum, stainless steel -1992- Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC
"Time is but the moving unreal reflection of Eternity."This site is a child of the reflection.Even considering the history and experience of the last 400 years, this land has much more to do.
The park's convergence with the river is important to me.Living by a river myself (Siddhartha), flowing water is part of my daily existence.I felt satisfied that the piece would overlook the water.
While working with some Greek mathematicians and theologians consider the MOST important of forms, the sphere, I have constructed sculpture which embodies the concept of growth, the automatic sculpture, constructivist freedom and perpetuity.
Pythagoras believed in the transmigration of the individual soul from one body to another, even to a different species. "Do not hit him," he once said to a man who was beating a puppy. "It is the soul of a friend of mine. I recognized it when I heard it cry out."
Lifeguards use their chairs towatch for those in need.
Watching Manhattan as an awed observer of time.
Thanks for assistance: Valerie, John Townsend, Michael Lalicki.
"DC Chair Installtion"
Aluminum lawn chairs- 1982
"DC in Studio"
Kingston - 2009
"Oedipus and Goldmund"
OEDIPUS and GOLDMUND
Stainless steel - 1989
Transmutation of ideals over a 3,000 year time period. Some people believe that the legend of Oedipus may have been derived from the real life story of Akhenaten and his mother. Akhenaten is also credited by some with the initiation of monotheism.
Goldmund's life was dominated by religion (monotheistic) even more intensely than Akhenaten's. All the characters in the analogy permeated emotional creative forces which invite someone like myself to draw together under this skeletal pyramid of space.
Beds represent birth, love, sleep, dreams, illness, and eventually death (or to some rebirth or the beginning). It is conceivable that Oedipus and Goldmund could meet and understand one another in the same way that someone today can watch a play written by Shakespeare over 400 years ago with the thoughts being as meaningful now as they were then. The same could hold true for Narcissus and Akhenaten. "Oedipus and Goldmund" rearranges the seating for the two characters, whose life expieriences span thousands of years.
Beds are places of birth, love, meditation and death.
The true Oedipus (Akhenaten) finds consolation in goldmund, who nurtures him. Estrangement and spiritual loniness can be a condidtion of not only the modern world but of the ancient world as well.
Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
Oedipus and Akhenaten by Immanuel Veliskovshy
"You May Forget More Than You Have Learned"
Books,steel cart, paint -1990
"Hilarious, but pathetic, too, when you think how bitterly the assemblage comments on the gigantic disproportion between the enormous quantities of books it is within our capacity to produce and the piddling effect this venal technical capacity has on improving and enriching the content of ordinary lives. An outdoor pallet of books sprayed white on a two-wheeled barrow warns, "You May Forget More Than You Have Learned." Richard Nunley Berkshire Eagle 10/31/90