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

-Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman

I want to be in the studio. I want to be doing something. You just do whatever is at hand, and you don't even worry about whether it's going to be interesting or not interesting to anybody else-or even yourself. You just have to make something.

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

What is it that an artist does when he is left alone in his studio? My conclusion was that if I was an artist and I was in the studio, then everything I was doing in the studio should be art . . . . From that point on, art became more of an activity and less of a product.

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

And the part about being a professional artist is that you can tell and you can do it over again, even if you can't say how you got there exactly.

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

I'll talk. You'll listen.

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

Generalised anger and frustration is something that gets you in the studio, and gets you to work - though it's not necessarily evident in anything that's finished.

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.