Enforced Perspective: Allegory and Symbolism
© 2013 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

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Enforced Perspective: Allegory and Symbolism 1975
  • Artist Rooms
Between 1975 and 1976, Nauman produced a series of sculptural installations consisting of carved stone and metal slabs placed around the floors of large rooms. In 'Enforced Perspective' steel rhomboids form a geometric design, creating the illusion of subtle shifts in the gallery floor as the viewer moves about them. Although the overall pattern that the visitor encounters appears relatively simple, the grouping of the thirty-six slabs has many possible arrangements. By creating a sculptural field that could be altered, this installation allowed Nauman to test the effects of different spaces on his audience’s behaviour.

Glossary Open

Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the 20th century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.

Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Installation art, Perspective

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00180
  • Medium Steel
  • Size Each: 10.20 x 35.60 x 35.60 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008