Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Recommendation - Nick Cave

Forty of Nick Cave's soundsuits are on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through July 5th. From the website

YBCA presents the largest scale presentation of work by Chicago-based artist, Nick Cave, featuring forty of his "Soundsuits"—multi-layered mixed-media, wearable sculptures named for the sounds made when the sculptures are worn. As reminiscent of African and religious ceremonial costumes as they are of haute couture, Cave's work explores issues of ceremony, ritual, myth and identity. He does this through a layering of concepts, highly-skilled techniques and varied traditions, using materials such as fabrics, beads, sequins, old bottle caps, rusted iron, sticks, twigs, leaves and hair. Mad, humorous, elaborate, grotesque, glamorous and unexpected, the Soundsuits are created from scavenged ordinary materials—detritus from both nature and culture—that Cave re-contextualizes into visionary masterpieces.

Mr. Cave taught at the University of North Texas for one year - unfortunately before my time as I would have enjoyed talking to him! The Center has an interview with him that is very interesting. Here's a short youtube video of Nick Cave discussing his soundsuits:

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