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Konrad Fischer Gallery presents Bruce Nauman's new video installation entitled "Practice". Since "Six Sound Problems for Konrad Fischer", installed in 1968 in his first European solo exhibition at Konrad Fischer, the gallery has dedicated a total of 18 solo exhibitions to the American artist and accompanied his work at numerous international exhibitions.

Bruce Nauman: Practice, 2021, filmstill, courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie
Bruce Nauman: Practice, 2021, filmstill, courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie © Bruce Nauman: Practice, 2021, filmstill, courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie

Nauman repeatedly makes his body, and in particular his hands, the subject of his works. "Practice" shows the artist's slowly moving hands on an old wooden table. Here the camera alternates between left and right hands as they draw the mark on the tabletop. Permutation and change vary the image, creating a complex visual structure. The seemingly endlessly repeating gesture remains the same, forming an X over and over again.

Nauman's new work is based on his reading of the catalog "Reservation X: The Power of Place," published by First People's Hall at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  An illustration in it shows a treaty between the Canadian government and Isapo-Muxika, a Sisika chief known as Blackfoot. While the representative of the Canadian government signed with his name, the chief signed with an X. To the signature, Canadian officials added the chief's English name and the suffix "His Mark."

"Practice" was conceived as a 2D b/w video installation and represents the artist's first approach to the subject. Again and again, Nauman experimented with the movements of his hands and fingers on the tabletop. Out of this artistic practice process evolved the work, whose levels of meaning encompass both practicing and being practiced.

Parallel to the video installation Practice, the Konrad Fischer Gallery provides a comprehensive insight into the printmaking oeuvre of the artist, who began training in printmaking as early as the early 1960s while studying at the University of Wisconsin. Since the 70s, a wide variety of graphic techniques have been worked out and edited to this day with workshops such as Gemini G.E.L. and Cirrus Editions.

"In printmaking," Nauman writes, "there is more of a sense of taking a step back. It's almost a contradiction, because in drawing there's a directness, but in printmaking there's this extra element of allowing the technique to be a buffer between me and the image. I like that, too - the mechanical aspect of it."
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