In art, the only one who really knows whether what you've done is honest is the artist.

-Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman

It's interesting when you make things or do things that open up the possibilities for making more things, or different kinds of things.

Bruce Nauman
If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.
Bruce Nauman

I like to use my hands and make things... It might seem pretty stupid or pointless but that doesn't matter... some of the most interesting work is the stuff that starts like that - out of a raw need for activity.

Bruce Nauman
One of the factors that still keeps me in the studio is that every so often I have to more or less start all over.
Bruce Nauman

I think humor is used a lot of the time to keep people from getting too close. Humor side-steps and shifts the meaning.

Bruce Nauman
And sometimes the question that you pose or the project that you start yourself turns into something else, you know, but at least it gets you started.
Bruce Nauman

And I don't have any specific steps to take because I don't start the same way every time. But there is a knowing when it's enough and you can leave it alone.

Bruce Nauman
I'm surprised when the work appears beautiful, and very pleased. And I think work can be very good and very successful without being able to call it beautiful, although I'm not clear about that. The work is good when it has a certain completeness, and when it's got a certain completeness, then it's beautiful.
Bruce Nauman

In art, the only one who really knows whether what you've done is honest is the artist.

Bruce Nauman
I'll talk. You'll listen.