Bruce Nauman: One Hundred Fish Fountatin08/08/2012
The Gagosian Gallery is currently home to One Hundred Fish Fountain, a large scale sculpture by Bruce Nauman. Since the 1960s, Nauman's convention-challenging approach to an array of disciplines has seen him produce new methodologies for making art and meaning. Recurring themes in his work include body and selfhood, the role of language, spatial awareness and the relationship between artistic process and viewer participation.
At least two of these themes can be found in One Hundred Fish Fountain, which comprises nearly as many hollow bronze fish, cast from nature and suspended by wires in the air as if floating. Directly below them is a shallow basin made from rubber sheeting, positioned to catch the miniature torrents of water that are pumped intravenously through tiny perforations in the fishes sides. The sculpture takes up the majority of the room, leaving a small perimeter track for the viewer to edge around. The pump is in action for fifteen minutes, and stagnant for two, leaving the fish to drain of water while noise and movement subside. Then, as the last drops fall to the basin below, the pump activates again, bringing life to the room once more. It is both monumental sculpture and ecological metaphor.
// July 30 - August 28, 2012
Source - Gagosian Gallery