In 1966, after years of a nomadic lifestyle, he Conner settled in San Francisco. Made that same year, UNTITLED represents Conner's shift from collage to intricate, meditative drawings he referred to as mandalas. The density of the twisting marks creates a sense of motion, with the black lines and white spaces taking on equal weight. This optical effect realizes Conner's belief that an entire drawing cannot be comprehended at once, just as perception and knowledge can never be fully reconciled.
Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.