Beginning in 1959, Bruce Conner began piecing together paper collages using 19th century wood engravings that he had accumulated. His method was similar to the one he used to make the film and assemblage for which he had already become well known. Conner attributed the collages to Dennis Hopper and the unwillingness of a dealer to exhibit the work under someone else’s name, paired with the unwillingness of the artists to reveal his identity, led to their relative obscurity.
During the late 1960’s, Conner was invited to work at Crown Point Press and at that time, the wood engraving collages were resurrected. Conner returned the collages to their original printed state and produced twenty-six etchings bound in three volumes. They were collectively titled, “The Dennis Hopper One Man Show Volumes I-III”. The etchings acted simultaneously as art and as a foil for a larger conceptual project. The series is considered by some to be among Conner’s most significant works.
In 1973 Conner and his printer went back and reworked the negatives of Volume I. New plates were made and have recently been editioned as “Take Two, D.H.O.M.S., Volume I”.