Bruce Nauman is an American artist born in Indiana, 1941. He specialises in neon sculptures and installations, making for unusual and unique pieces of art, which are different from the typical work you see. The artist emerged at a time when studies on behaviourism was beginning to take a more empirical approach, focussing on experience rather than theory to make psychological determinations. His work during the 1970s and 80s reflect this social change as he delves into the Freudian realms on the sexual unconscious.
From 30th January - 9th March, Hauser & Wirth will be presenting Nauman's work in an exhibition called Bruce Nauman / mindfuck. The exhibition will explore Nauman's central themes of human nature, the split between mind and body, language, sex, death, and aggression.
Some of the art depicts mental states of trauma and hysteria, while others are an examination of logic and dreams. Sometimes the dichotomies of his sculptures play tricks on the mind such as Carousel (1988) and others like Sex and Death / Double "69" (1985) highlight the important divide between body and spirit.
The exhibition is accompanied the essay by Larratt-Smith, mindfuck / notes for fun from rear. It is a collage of original writing with images and citations from film, literature, art, politics, and psychoanalysis.