Nick Cave‘s amazing creations are part Alexander McQueen, part Andy Warhol and wholly irreverent and beautiful. He combines elements of sound, performance, color and costume to create works that even the darkest soul would find hard to resist and quite interesting. With over 50 suits displayed (
surreal textiles that he wears while modern dancing), it does feels like another world. Cave uses found materials to create the suits and they range from the natural (twigs or birds) to the highly ornamental (buttons, beads, embroidery). When Nick Cave is on the spot, one component is to partner with community dance groups to create what are called Invasions. Kind of like a monster flash-mob, the suits show up in public for quick mini-performances. He showed an early talent for performance before moving to New York to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Cave’s genre expanding work straddles both dance and visual art to explore the ways that African identity is subsumed into disparate cultural codes. Chair of the prestigious fashion graduate program at the Art Institute of Chicago, he has built a notable reputation as an educator and artist. His work is spread out all over the world, but mostly you can find at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. Very enthusiastic and impressive!
“Enthusiasm is the excitement with inspiration, motivation with a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett
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