Artist Nick Cave spent several days installing his solo exhibition at the ICA Boston in February. While he was here, we asked him about the evolution of his newest works, the surprising inspiration behind his legendary Soundsuits, and what it feels like to put one on. On view at the ICA Boston, February 5 – May 4, 2014.
Nick Cave's Soundsuits in action. For more arts coverage, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
Chicago artist Nick Cave says he has always been fascinated with items cast off by other people. The Missouri native and his team assemble thrift-store finds into life-size creations that are part sculpture, part costume, which he calls "Soundsuits." When you see one, Cave wants you to wonder, "What am I encountering?"
Episode #239: Artist Nick Cave discusses the experiences that force him to confront his identity as a black man—including being racially profiled by police—and how they fuel his impulse to create. Cave explains that in these moments he gets quiet and avoids lashing out in rage. “And if I do, lashing out for me is creating this,” he says in reference to his intricately constructed Soundsuits. “The Soundsuits hide gender, race, class and they force you to look at the work without judgment.” The exhibition “Here Hear,” which included a large-scale community performance, was installed at Detroit’s Cranbrook Art Museum in 2015. The museum is associated with the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where Nick Cave attended graduate school in the 1980s and was the only minority student at the time. Nick Cave creates "Soundsuits"—surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture—that originated as metaphorical suits of armor in response to the Rodney King beatings and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment. Fully concealing the body, the “Soundsuits” serve as an alien second skin that obscures race, gender, and class, allowing viewers to look without bias towards the wearer’s identity. Cave regularly performs in the sculptures himself, dancing either before the public or for the camera, activating their full potential as costume, musical instrument, and living icon. The artist also works with choreographers, dancers, and amateur performers to produce lavish community celebrations in untraditional venues for art. Cave’s sculptures also include non-figurative assemblages, intricate accumulations of found objects that project out from the wall, and installations enveloping entire rooms. Learn more about the artist at: http://www.art21.org/artists/nick-cave CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster & Nick Ravich. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller. Interview: Stanley Nelson. Editor: Morgan Riles. Camera: Jamin Townsley. Sound: Richard K. Pooler. Artwork Courtesy: Nick Cave. Special Thanks: Cranbrook Art Museum, Robert Faust, William Gill & Laura Mott. ART21 "Exclusive" is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.
What happens when textiles meet modern dance all dressed up in a "Sound Suit?" Enter the world of Mr. Cave and contemplate what makes people rejoice in the moment.
Director Evan Falbaum spent 12 months in Shreveport, Louisiana with visual artist Nick Cave and captured the profound way in which he delivered his message of change to the Shreveport community. In this new documentary, go behind the scenes to see and hear Nick Cave's “AS IS” project from its beginning in the Shreveport Regional Arts Council boardroom all the way to the premiere of the performance of “AS IS by NICK CAVE.” Featuring hundreds of local artists, musicians, soundsuit dancers, and members of the community working together AS IS. This project is the culmination of 8 months of filming and 8 months of editing, that began in August 2015, went through the March 2016 performance, and concluded with the premiere of the film in November 2016. Official Selection 2017 New Orleans Film Festival Now available on Amazon Video: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4AVR5K/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1481079616&sr=1-1&keywords=as+is+by+nick+cave Directed and Edited by: Evan Falbaum Cinematography by: Evan Falbaum & Kemerton Hargrove Additional Music by: Michael Futreal Shot in 6K on a Red Epic Dragon with Rokinon Cine DS lenses. http://www.nickcaveasis.com http://www.shrevearts.org http://www/moviesauce.com https://www.facebook.com/Nick-Cave-Visual-Artist-299253877181/?fref=ts http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/
To watch the rest of the “Turning Points” series, visit http://bit.ly/TurningPoints2017. The Chicago-based artist and educator Nick Cave is best known for his majestic “Soundsuits”—wearable, sculptural forms meticulously assembled from beads, buttons, fabric, sequins, twigs, and other materials. Trained as both a visual artist and dancer, Cave activates these creations by having local dancers stage exuberant public performances in cities around the world. You may have caught one of these performances if you were passing through Grand Central Terminal in New York in the spring of 2013. On the centennial of the New York City landmark, Cave partnered with Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design to produce “HEARD•NY,” a weeklong, site-specific installation that transformed Vanderbilt Hall into a pasture of 30 colorful, dancing horses. “It was everything I could have possibly imagined.” said Cave, who now looks back at the project as a breakthrough moment in his career. “You're doing this collaboration, but you are also teaching. You’re teaching these artists what it takes to build a project. You’re talking to them about their role and their responsibility.” It was also a learning experience for the artist himself, who was overwhelmed and humbled by the public reception. For Cave, “HEARD•NY” underscored the transformative potential of art to empower and enlighten communities. “I think I’m an artist with a civic responsibility; that’s really the foundation of my platform,” he said. “It really made me understand my purpose in life and how I wanted to use art as this vehicle for change.” Director: Freddy Arenas Art Direction and Illustration: Freddy Arenas Editing and Compositing: Freddy Arenas Animation: Freddy Arenas, Mathilde Loubes, Nathan Harbonn, and Quentin Boyer di Bernardo Music: Dashel Hammerstein Sound Editor: Sarah Hayley Barrett Sound Recordist: Kevin Stark Commissioning Agent: Helen Cowley / Dutch Uncle Production Team for Artsy: Marina Cashdan, Head of Editorial and Creative Director Owen Dodd, Designer Molly Gottschalk, Features Producer Demie Kim, Editorial Associate
On Saturday, the Chelsea-based Jack Shainman Gallery unveiled its latest outpost, The School, in Kinderhook, with a live Soundsuit performance by Nick Cave. Still haven’t subscribed to Vogue on YouTube? ►► http://bit.ly/vogueyoutubesub CONNECT WITH VOGUE Web: http://www.vogue.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/voguemagazine Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vogue Google+: http://plus.google.com/+Vogue Instagram: http://instagram.com/voguemagazine Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/voguemagazine Tumblr: http://vogue.tumblr.com The Scene: http://thescene.com/vogue Want even more? Subscribe to The Scene: http://bit.ly/subthescene A Live Performance of Nick Cave's Soundsuits - Vogue
Have you ever wished that you could put on a suit which would open up the imagination and take you to the world of your dreams? In this video artist Nick Cave presents his wearable sculptures, the 'Soundsuits', made from discarded everyday materials. Nick Cave (b. 1959) is an American fabric sculptor and performance artist, who trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey. In this video he presents his mystical Soundsuits, which are odd fabric sculptures of many colors and shapes, and are made of materials such as twigs, dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins and feathers. The finished pieces bear some resemblance to African ceremonial costumes and masks. "It is like building a second skin, that hides gender, race, class, and forces you to look without judgement" Cave explains. The sculptures almost look like live beings and work as a kind of second skin, transforming the wearer, disguising identity, and creating sounds as the wearer moves. "I want people to leave with a different sort of consciousness, to look at their surroundings differently, and I want to get the audience back to their dream state." Nick Cave was interviewed by Jonas Hjorth at the opening of Nick Cave's exhibition 'The World is my Skin' at Trapholt, Kolding in Denmark. The video sequences shown in this video are from Nick Cave's 'Gestalt' and 'Soundsuits' Camera and editing: Jonas Hjort Music: Modern Brass Quintet & Thunderbear Produced by Jonas Hjort and Christian Lund, 2013 Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Supported by Nordea-fonden
Nick Cave, artist, Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time, and Alisa LaGamma, Curator in Charge, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art discuss Cave's recent work "Heard NY" in this Friday, March 29, 2013 lecture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cave discusses his inspiration for "Heard NY", the special suits created for the performers, and his collaboration with Creative Time.