Sunday, September 13, 2009

"If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses".

This title heads a post on Bruce Nauman featuring the image below (an early work of this artist) which I found on the July 6th post of the blog Artist Quote For The Day by Karyn Mannix. I remember seeing this work over the years at odd intervals and liking the juxtaposition of this 'neon' medium - commonly used in the late 60's for advertising purposes alone - in combination with such a poignant quote. Whether the artist in 2009 would be likely to make a similar work I'm not aware of, but I do find it interesting considering how it must have come across at that time. Seeing it always triggered thoughts on a different tangent to whatever was preoccupying me at the time!

Bruce Nauman: The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths  1967
A quote directly from the artist :  "The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, its a painful, difficult search within"

From another post: August 31, 2008

"You can never learn less, you can only learn more". - Karyn Mannix

Quoting from Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller " to give a body and a perfect form to one's thought, this - and only this - is to be an artist. A mind always employed is always happy".

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