Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works With Light
October 13, 2006 – January 7, 2007
Recognized as one of America’s most provocative and innovative artists working today, Bruce Nauman addresses the essential elements of human existence, challenging the parameters of contemporary art through nontraditional materials.
Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light traces Nauman’s use of light as a medium that is both sensual and contemplative while aggressively penetrating the environment with its message and imagery. Nauman varies his artistic process to meet the demands of his ideas, using a variety of media. Light, an enduring symbol for spiritual invigoration, offered the artist a medium with which to explore how perception is shaped, and logic and meaning is conveyed. In Nauman’s hands, the playful carnival-like nature of neon is transformed into psychological, social, sexual and political inquiry, often presented with irony and humor.
Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light is organized by the Milwaukee Museum of Art in Wisconsin, and curated by Joseph D. Ketner, II, chief curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum.