Born in Fort Wayne (Indiana) (US), lives in New Mexico (US).
Since the beginning of the sixties, the American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) has been experimenting with drawings, photography, performances and sound installations. From the seventies onwards, he will focus increasingly on video montages and neon sculptures that take language and language confusion as their central theme. Nauman lures the viewer into a hectic labyrinth of words, repetitions and contradictions that turn feelings of excitement into doubt and disillusionment. However innocent the starting point of the scenarios may be, the succession of nuances, voice elevations and changing emotions confuse the viewer. The artist plays with the uncertainty between ‘misread’ and ‘misunderstood’, and in this way uses his artwork as a means to instigate in the viewer a mental, introspective process. A simple mind-set suddenly becomes an annoying mindfuck.
As a pioneer of the classical American video art, Bruce Nauman starts from an idea of art as an activity with a message that directly addresses the viewer. The communication he wants to conduct goes beyond mere dialogue; it is a treacherous call to take part in a train of thought, whereby the spectator becomes inconspicuously involved, and thereby part of the work. The visual language is so compact and direct that it becomes a mirror of one's own soul.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
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Good Boy, Bad Boy
Bruce Nauman, Good Boy, Bad Boy, 1985. Installation, dvd, digital betacam, 2 monitors, 2 players, 01:00:00, 00:52:00.
GA - Tijdschrift van de G...
Wilfried Huet, Marilou Van Lierop , Bruce Nauman, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, november 1988 - december 1989 (dubbele uitgave), 1988. Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 4 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
GEWELD | VIOLENCE
It seems clear that in the case of Dymphna, the sting – t.i., the violence – is in the tail of her story, in the beheadings and the flickerin