Inspiration: Studio Routine for Bruce Nauman

Studio Routine for Bruce Nauman.

Nauman relies on experimentation to keep his creative process moving forward, even though it may lead to artwork that no one, including he himself, will appreciate.

Episode #183: Filmed at Bruce Nauman’s New Mexico studio in August 2000, the artist explains his need to experiment with new materials and forms on a daily basis. Nauman relies on experimentation to keep his creative process moving forward, even if it leads to artwork that no one, including himself, will appreciate. As Nauman walks around his cavernous studio he points out examples such as taxidermy forms that he transformed into a bronze fountain for his front yard.

Bruce Nauman finds inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of everyday life. Working in the diverse mediums of sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance, and installation, Nauman concentrates less on the development of a characteristic style and more on the way in which a process or activity can transform or become a work of art.

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CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: David Brownlow. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

Bruce Nauman Violins Violence Silence

Violins Violence Silence

Snail Mail Research and Further Reading

Snail Mail Research (see also: Balloon Mail, Pony Express, and Carrier Pigeon)
Further reading and research on the topic of Snail Mail. For your pleasure and curiosity. There are not a lot of articles written on the subject so please read carefully.

Snail Mail Discrimination

One resident accused a front desk manager of holding mail hostage, forcing residents to sign over checks, and making them pay rent before releasing their mail.

Modern Day Snail Mail (via

I wanted to create my own modern day version of “snail-mail.” My rules for this type experiment were simple: create handwritten text messages for 7 days, i.e. no using the keyboard on my phone to send a message. I wrote out my message on paper and then I snapped a photo to send as a text message.

Little Ideas: Revive Snail Mail

In my opinion there are few things that say I love you, I care about you or I’m thinking of you more than a personalized, handwritten note.

Why Snail Mail Was Dear To Us Once

Like most folk today, I have not put pen to paper for many years. The convenience and immediacy of email and Face book are just too compelling to avoid.

Correspondence with far-away friends today is more of an ongoing conversation, and bears little resemblance to the art of letter-writing we enjoyed in the previous century.

snail mail text conversation