- © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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- Gift of Fleur S. Bresler
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- fabric, beads, and sequins
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Trained as a fiber artist and dancer, Nick Cave named his ongoing series of Soundsuits for the rustling he heard as he moved around in his first suit.
In the aftermath of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers in 1991, Cave imagined these Soundsuits as protective shields capable of masking a person’s identity. Extravagantly ornamented, the suits also explore the tension between “low craft” and “high art.” They are often made from found objects and incorporate a wide range of cultural references, from American craft techniques to African dance rituals.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022