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.
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: https://art21.org/artist/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. "Extended Play" is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors. #NickCave #Art21 #Art21ExtendedPlay
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?"
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/ #art #documentary #nickcave
Artist Nick Cave discusses creating his first Soundsuit in 1992 in response to the Rodney King beating. He explains the ideas and materials that inspired him to make the Soundsuit in SAAM’s collection – one of approximately 500 Soundsuits the artist has made over the years.
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.
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 on Kuba cloths "I think sometimes simplicity is the most powerful form." The Artist Project is an online series in which artists respond to works of art in The Met’s encyclopedic collection. Now available as a book published by Phaidon in cooperation with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase a copy: http://store.metmuseum.org/art-history+reference/the-artist-project-what-artists-see-when-they-look-at-art/invt/80037399 http://www.metmuseum.org/ArtistProject/nick-cave