This chapter discusses the fact that St Mary’s is deconsecrated and exists almost exclusively as a modern and contemporary art venue and a cornerstone of York Museums Trust. Violins Violence Silence, like Bruce Nauman’s other works exhibited at York St Mary’s, could be interpreted, with or without the church setting, as a nod to or even a direct address to religiosity, depending what associations the viewer chooses to make with the works. Nauman’s work Untitled, a silver solder and copper sculpture of Nauman’s disembodied hands, interlocked to form a circle and reminiscent of the symbolic Ouroboros – the serpent eating its own tail – took on specific and poignant religious and spiritual meanings in the context of St Mary’s. Like so many of Nauman’s works, when their numerous interpretive possibilities were considered, these examples seemed to present a homage to a post-structuralist distrust of language.
|Title of host publication
|Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces
|Nick Cass, Gill Park, Anna Powell
|Taylor and Francis
|Number of pages
|Published - 3 Jun 2020