Nick Cave’s Soundsuits
Nick Cave’s efforts qualify as fashion, body art or sculpture, and almost anything regardless of what you ultimately think of them. NY Times qualifies them as a category of, “Must Be Seen to Be Believed.” There isn’t anything that Cave can’t create. Nick Cave knows something about sewing, draping, beading and quilting. He has created floral pattern that he can’t intensify with embroidery or, most often, sequins, which he dispenses lavishly. Whatever copious amounts of material he uses, his garments always maintain a distinct and glamorous line, that create a visual performance and modern dance.
Nick Cave’s newly created horse-like shaped Soundsuits will be moving through the campus of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. He has been chosen as their artist-in-residence and will be conducting master classes, workshops and public lectures during the 2011-2012 academic year. Cave’s residency and performance are significant for students as opportunities to interact with an artist who will not only share his extensive experience, but also allow students to participate as collaborators,” said Tracee Robertson, UNT Art Galleries director. “This is an opportunity for students from different arts disciplines and colleges to engage with each other through their own aesthetic languages and approaches in creating a unified work of art. The strength and breadth of the arts at UNT have uniquely prepared us for this experience.” Makes me want to go back to college again.
Photo by James Prinz, Chicago, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York