30 Americans: Nick Cave

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25 Days to 30 Americans 

(born 1959)

While Nick Cave was finishing up his graduate degree at Kansas City Art Institute, he was also studying dance through an Alvin Ailey program in both Kansas City and in New York. Today, the performance artist, fabric sculptor, and dancer is best known for his elaborate, transformative “soundsuits.” When worn, these otherworldly garments give the wearer shaman-like characteristics, as they completely overwhelm conventional human physiology. Cave constructs these works from unlikely found material such as twigs, bottle caps, and wires. Through these soundsuits, which produce sound when dancers perform in them, Cave brings an interactive aspect to his work.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.

To view Cave’s work visit http://nickcaveart.com/.


photo: Xenobia Bailey

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