Bruce Nauman

VIOLINS VIOLENCE SILENCE

About this artwork

Neon and text have been significant mediums for Bruce Nauman since early in his career. In this work the neon words ‘VIOLINS’, ‘VIOLENCE’ and ‘SILENCE’ each appear twice, once forwards and once backwards, in a triangular composition on the wall. ‘VIOLENCE’ crosses in the centre to create two sides of the triangle; ‘SILENCE’ forms the base; and ‘VIOLINS’ produce two arms rising upwards at either side. The three words have a united rhythm that invites the viewer to speak them aloud. Here, as in so much of his practice, Nauman requires his viewer to be an active participant in the work. The flashing neons present varying combinations of the three words that confuse and blur the relationship between them.

  • title:
    VIOLINS VIOLENCE SILENCE
  • accession number:
    AL00223
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  • materials:
    Unique sculpture (Neon)
  • date created:
    1981 - 1982
  • measurements:
    157.80 x 166.10 x 15.20 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright:
    © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2018.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman