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Bruce Nauman, Left Hand Combinations of 0, 1 and 2, 2011, pencil on paper, 30 x 40".

Bruce Nauman

Donald Young Gallery

Bruce Nauman, Left Hand Combinations of 0, 1 and 2, 2011, pencil on paper, 30 x 40".

“For the solipsist reality is not enough. He denies the existence of anything outside the self-enclosed confines of his own mind,” Mel Bochner wrote in 1967, addressing the increasing use of serial operations in art. At first glance, Bruce Nauman’s recent exhibition at Donald Young Gallery recalls this tendency: Taking the most basic of artistic tools, the hands, Nauman presents four drawings that explicate thirty-one possible combinations of flexed and extended fingers—an open hand, an open hand with the thumb flexed, both the thumb and the index finger flexed, and so on. Projected onto a screen at the center of the gallery was the video Combinations Described (Chicago) (all works 2011), in which two hands, across the work’s thirteen-minute loop, are shown systematically forming each variation, with a total of thirty-one per hand. Recorded, overlapping voices, those of

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