Quotations by Bruce Nauman

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Born: Saturday, December 6, 1941
Profession: Sculptor
Nationality: American


And I don't have any specific steps to take because I don't start the same way every time. But there is a knowing when it's enough and you can leave it alone.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Time)

And so I put down some of the things that he said, about keeping your tools sharpened and not letting them lie on the ground where they get hurt or get abused and dirty and can't find them. And some thoughts about how his father used to do things.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Father, Lie, Thoughts, Hurt, Tools)

And then what makes the work interesting is if you choose the right questions.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Work, Questions, Right)

But if you can find that spot - I suppose it's like running - I used to be a swimmer and swim laps, and you just have to be there with what you're doing.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Running)

But part of the enjoyment I take in it is finding the most efficient way to do it, which doesn't mean the corrections aren't made. I like to have a feeling of the whole task before I start, even if it changes.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Enjoyment, Feeling)

Generalised anger and frustration is something that gets you in the studio, and gets you to work - though it's not necessarily evident in anything that's finished.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Anger, Work, Frustration)

I don't like to think about being an influence. It's embarrassing.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Being, Influence)

I like to use my hands and make things... It might seem pretty stupid or pointless but that doesn't matter... some of the most interesting work is the stuff that starts like that - out of a raw need for activity.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Work, Pretty)

I'll talk. You'll listen.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Talk)

If you choose the wrong questions and you proceed, you still get a result, but it's not interesting.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Questions, Result, Wrong)

If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Excuses, Want)

In art, the only one who really knows whether what you've done is honest is the artist.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Art, Artist)

In the studio, I don't do a lot of work that requires repetitive activity. I spend a lot of time looking and thinking and then try to find the most efficient way to get what I want, whether it's making a drawing or a sculpture, or casting plaster or whatever.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Time, Work, Sculpture, Thinking, Want)

In this case we're building a corner to stretch a fence and hang a gate. It had a real purpose in the ranch here. I needed to do this. But at the same time, it made a beautiful structure.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Time, Purpose, Building)

What I am really concerned about is what art is supposed to be - and can become.
- Bruce Nauman
(Keywords: Art)







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