Bruce Nauman Quote

I am really interested in the different ways that language functions... When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and communicates in nearly the simplest way that it can function: you are forced to be aware of the sounds and the poetic parts of words. If you deal only with what is known, you'll have redundancy; on the other hand, if you deal only with the unknown, you cannot communicate at all. There is always some combination of the two, and it is how they touch each other that makes communication interesting.


In: Christopher Cordes, John Yau (1989), Bruce Nauman, 1989 Bruce Nauman, prints 1970-89: a catalogue raisonné, p. xx: In answer of the question "How does your work reflect your views on the use of language today?"


I am really interested in the different ways that language functions... When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and...

I am really interested in the different ways that language functions... When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and...

I am really interested in the different ways that language functions... When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and...

I am really interested in the different ways that language functions... When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and...