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

-Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman

But part of the enjoyment I take in it is finding the most efficient way to do it, which doesn't mean the corrections aren't made. I like to have a feeling of the whole task before I start, even if it changes.

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

In this case we're building a corner to stretch a fence and hang a gate. It had a real purpose in the ranch here. I needed to do this. But at the same time, it made a beautiful structure.

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

What I am really concerned about is what art is supposed to be - and can become.

Bruce Nauman
I've always been interested in what happens in the studio.
Bruce Nauman

The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths. Bruce Na

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