New York

Bruce Nauman

Leo Castelli Gallery

Bruce Nauman’s Cones/Cojones, an installation of masking tape laid on the floor in concentric circles, is similarly involved with performance implications. In Lew’s piece the performance collapses to reinforce reflection on the sculptural object, whereas Nauman’s is an experientially underscored metaphor for expansion. The work itself is etherealized, the spectator/performer is consolidated, rather like a statue in a courtyard. Since it doesn’t aggrandize itself as an object, Cones/Cojones may be a more generous work than Lew’s—but if that is to be so, it requires a more openhearted use.

Masking tape is used in theaters to mark position for props and actors on stage floors. A small cross marks the center of the configuration here as the place to be. Sitting there I felt quiet, self-contained, in a safety zone. At the same time, the configuration drew my eyes around like an owl’s as I tried

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