Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman often creates artwork where he sees what happens. This is what happened in several of his films with mice – he set up an infrared camera in his studio to capture the events of the night. It has been described as a navitation because you cannot watch the whole screen at once. In order to watch it, you have to watch nothing to be aware of everything.
In school, Nauman did not have the passion for other subjects, so he switched to art. Nauman was able to give a different approach to art and being an artist, including that of a video of drilling a hole in dirt. This piece was around an hour long, but he did not know whether people would take the piece seriously as artwork. This worried him a little, but at the same time, he also enjoyed drilling his hole and still kept the piece.
Finding the most efficient way of doing things is enjoyable for Nauman. There are no specific steps that he takes in his process as he does not start the same way each time. A lot of it is accidental, made with cheap equipment and keeping it real. When it all kind of works, it makes it okay.
Nauman only got involved with horses in his 40’s, so he had to learn how to deal with them from those who had been doing it all their lives. He found they work efficiently and clearly, and brings this to the studio. The artist in him is not just satisfied with the ranch. This lead him onto a project with bleachers and stadiums. He has subverted their function to make their function confusing – hanging them from the ceiling and disfiguring them. The steps require a lot of concentration. It is the attention that changes it from a stairwell to a work of art.
Nauman finds that he cannot fumble through and get something. He looks for his work to be clear and available.
I found the work of Nauman to be inspiring and different. When seeing his work displayed at the Tate Modern, London, I found his work to be playful, yet serious. This juxtaposition within his work, mixed with the attitude of letting the artworks happen, gives a very personal approach and insight into his life and works. I enjoyed viewing his artwork, and ultimately why he makes it.

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