Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The True Artist… Inspiration From Bruce Nauman

We write and illustrate works for children, books for children, creative content for children. We tell stories, with words and images. We are storytellers. We are artists.

And this piece by Bruce Nauman, as displayed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is inspiring:

The True Artist Helps The World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign)

The description plate next to this piece reads:

The True Artist Helps The World by Revealing Mystic Truths, one of Bruce Nauman's first neons, is a founding work in his career. Hijacking a medium generally associated with the tawdry (cheap motels, shop windows and bars), Nauman's sign advertises a metaphysical and deeply personal message as if it were for sale. Throughout his long and illustrious career, Nauman has examined the role and responsibilities of the artist. The title statement of this poetic spiral is neither entirely facetious nor completely serious, and the contradictions embodied in the piece yield an ambiguity that is both playful and profound.
Illustrate and Write On, 

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