One Hundred Live and Die, Neon and glass tubing, 1984 by Bruce Nauman

If you haven’t guessed from recent posts, language and text-based art have been on my mind lately. This also means I’m looking at words and reading a bit more attentively than usual. Bruce Nauman’s piece, One Hundred Live and Die, displays a wide array of short sentences with words ‘live’ or ‘die’. His simple use of nouns and verbs in neon lettering bring much more complexity to one’s understanding of life and death. Calling attention to their depth through simplified visual representation. With so many different ways to display and showcase typography and text of any type, the audience grapples with meaning and semantics. Wishing I could see this piece in person…one day I will.

"It Has Many Tints And Hues", Archival Inkjet Print, 20" x 24", From the "Primary, Black and White" Series, 2011
"Red Is The Boldest...", Archival Inkjet Print, 18" x 24", From the "Primary, Black and White" Series, 2011
"Yellow Is A Color...", Archival Inkjet Print, 18" x 24", From the "Primary, Black and White" Series, 2011

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