Saturday, March 19, 2011

Artists I Love: Nick Cave

Nick Cave:  "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" at the Seattle Art Museum through June 5

When I first heard that my favorite musician alive, the Australian Nick Cave, was showing something called "Soundsuits" at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2009, I was surprised but ecstatic.  "Of course he's an artist now", I thought, since Cave the musician is also know as a novelist, soundtrack composer, and screenwriter of the best western of this decade, "The Proposition".

However, upon a little more research I discovered this was not the same Nick Cave, but a visual artist from Missouri who currently directs the graduate fashion program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My disappointment did not last long, however, when I headed over to the YBCA to check out his exhibition.  The show was made up of several Soundsuits on mannequins as well as video of the performance aspect of the suits.  These suits are constructed from almost everything- afghan blankets, sticks, sequins, etc to create objects which can be worn, and in turn used with dance and sound elements from the rustling they create.  The creations are beautiful and absurd, and appeal to my fun sensibilities, something I find missing from most art exhibitions.

Cave's show is, of course, over now at the YBCA but the same exhibition, "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" is now open at the Seattle Art Museum and runs through June 5.
Soundsuit shop

images sourced from google

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