Exclusive | Bruce Nauman’s Studio Routine

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Artist Bruce Nauman in his New Mexico studio. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

“Sometimes you have to do that—you just have to make work for yourself.” —Bruce Nauman

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in 2000 at Bruce Nauman’s New Mexico studio, the artist explains his need to experiment with new materials and forms on a daily basis. Nauman relies on experimentation to keep his creative process moving forward, even though it may lead to artwork that no one, including he himself, will appreciate. As Nauman walks around his cavernous studio, he points out examples such as taxidermy forms that he transformed into a bronze fountain for his front yard. Watch the film below:

Contributor
Ian Forster is Art21's associate producer. He joined the staff in October 2009, first working on William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to his work on Art21′s broadcast programming for PBS, Forster oversees the Web video series Exclusive and Artist to Artist and is deeply involved with New York Close Up.
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