bruce nauman: mindfuck exhibition at hauser and wirth, london bruce nauman: mindfuck exhibition at hauser and wirth, london
jan 30, 2013

bruce nauman: mindfuck exhibition at hauser and wirth, london

‘run from fear, fun from rear’, 1972 by bruce naumanneon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frametwo parts: 20.3 x 116.8 x 5.7 cm  / 8  x 46  x 2 1/4 in 18.4 x 113 x 5.7 cm  / 7 1/4 x 44 1/2 x 2 1/4 inimage © 2012 bruce nauman / artists rights society (ARS), new york / DACS londonprivate collection

 

 

bruce nauman: mindfuckhauser and wirth london, savile rowon from the 30th of january through to the 9th of march, 2013

 

from the 30th of january, 2013 hauser and wirth will present the work of renowned artist bruce nauman with an exhibition titled ‘mindfuck’ in the north gallery, savile row. the show, featuring an eclectic selection of works from throughout nauman’s career, will focus particularly on his iconic neon sculptures and installations. the work triggers a critical dialogue surrounding a body of work whose central themes explore the human condition, language, sex, and death. the experience of works by nauman speaks of a certain state of trauma, a nod to the hysteric, and ode to the psychotic – to the consequences of the superego and to the logic of dreams.

 

weaved throughout the compositions is nauman’s bizarre ability to build visual and experiential manifestations that tap into the complexity of the human unconscious. ‘mindfuck’ calls attention to the enduring weight of the mind-body split in the artist’s work – neon sculptures such as ‘sex and death / double ’69’ (1985) and ‘good boy / bad boy’ (1986 – 1987) could be said to represent the conscious and cerebral side of his art, whereas installations such as ‘carousel (stainless steel version)’ (1988) and ‘untitled (helman gallery parallelogram)’ (1971) focus on the phenomenological aspect of his exploration of perception, space, and the body. nauman’s artistic approach enters the worlds of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and behavioural science. the artist once stated that he wanted to make ‘art that was just there all at once…like getting hit in the back of the neck with a baseball bat’.

 

 

‘sex and death/double ’69”, 1985neon tubing on aluminium monolith227 x 134.8 x 34 cm / 89 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 13 3/8 inimage © 2012 bruce nauman / artists rights society (ARS), new york / DACS londonprivate collection. courtesy hauser & wirthphoto: stefan altenburger photography zürich

 

 

‘untitled’ (helman gallery parallelogram) (detail), 1971wallboard, green fluorescent lights458 x 552 x 691 cm / 180 3/8 x 217 x 3/8 x 272 inglenstoneimage © 2012 bruce nauman / artists rights society (ARS), new york / DACS london

 

 

‘carousel (stainless steel version)’, 1988stainless steel, cast aluminum, polyurethane foam, electric motorheight: 183 cm / 72 indiameter: 612.1 cm / 241 inimage © 2012 bruce nauman / artists rights society (ARS), new york / DACS londoncourtesy of the ydessa hendeles art foundationphoto: robert keziere

 

 

‘sex and death’, 1985pencil, charcoal and watercolour on paperapprox. 200 x 228 cm  / c. 78 3/4 x 89 3/4 inimage © 2012 bruce nauman / artists rights society (ARS), new york / DACS londonprivate collection. courtesy hauser & wirth

 

 

 

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