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Nick Cave: Ever-After

Nick Cave: "Soundsuit" from&nbsp;<EM>Ever-After</EM>
Nick Cave: "Soundsuit" from Ever-After
Nick Cave: Ever-After
NEW YORK  •  Jack Shainman Gallery  •  Ongoing
Chicago-based artist and former Alvin Ailey dancer Nick Cave presents another group of "Soundsuits"— multi-layered mixed-media, wearable sculptures named for the sounds made when the sculptures are worn. As reminiscent of African and religious ceremonial costumes as they are of haute couture, Cave's work explores issues of ceremony, ritual, myth and identity through a layering of concepts, highly-skilled techniques and varied traditions, and using materials such as fabrics, beads, sequins, old bottle caps, rusted iron, sticks, twigs, leaves, and hair. Mad, humorous, elaborate, grotesque, glamorous and unexpected, the soundsuits are created from scavenged ordinary materials—detritus from both nature and culture—that Cave re-contextualizes into visionary works of art.

Entitled, Ever-After, this is a show of new work by Nick Cave.
This sculptural form based on the scale of the artist’s body is at the core of Cave’s practice. It camouflages the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. However, Ever-After marks a noticeable shift in his approach. The ‘Soundsuits’ will interact within subtly narrative tableaux. These figurative landscapes connect the viewer to a social consciousness, summoning the echoes and voices which Cave believes have been paralyzed to silence and subjected to unfair altercations in an often hostile society.

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Contact: Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-2819
Tel: (1) 212 752 29 29

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