Kenyon College

Bruce Nauman


Nauman, Bruce

Body Pressure (1974)


Body Pressure

Press as much of the front surface of

your body (palms in or out, left or right cheek)

against the wall as possible.

Press very hard and concentrate.

Form an image of yourself (suppose you

had just stepped forward) on the

opposite side of the wall pressing

back against the wall very hard.

Press very hard and concentrate on the image pressing very hard.

(the image of pressing very hard)

press your front surface and back surface

toward each other and begin to ignore or

block the thickness of the wall. (remove

the wall)

Think how various parts of your body

press against the wall; which parts

touch and which do not.

Consider the parts of your back which

press against the wall; press hard and

feel how the front and back of your

body press together.

Concentrate on the tension in the muscles,

pain where bones meet, fleshy deformations that occur under

pressure; consider

body hair, perspiration, odors (smells).

This may become a very erotic exercise.


© 2013 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artist: Bruce Nauman
Title of Work:
Body Pressure
Year: 1974
Do it Installation Gund Gallery 2013