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Whimsical Soundsuits by Nick Cave on show at ICA Boston

soundsuits_nickcave4 The Story of Nick Cave ‘s Soundsuits


Settings: Chicago, 1992-today

Leading character: Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits. He resides in Chicago and is director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Plot:  Soundsuits are full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets, mostly sentimental objects, those kind of things people like to collect, keepsakes from holidays that bring memories along. Part sculpture, part costume, the complex, kaleidoscopically colorful works of art can be displayed as objects and can be worn as well, often featuring in movement performances. Cave created his first Soundsuit after the Rodney King beating in 1992. “I built this sort of suit of armor, and by putting it on, I realized that I could a make a sound from moving in it,” Cave told The Washington Post. “It made me think of ideas around protest, and how we should be a voice and speak louder.” He has been creating new, whimsical soundsuits since then, experimenting an array of different materials and shapes, from animal-like suits made of colorful fur to spacesuits crafted from silver beads and mother of pearl buttons. Recently Cave collaborated with Harpers Bazaar for the making of  “Where the wild things are” , fashion editorial where soundsuits appear alongside the season’s wild and woolly looks. Cave’s most recent work, which includes soundsuits , sculptures and paintings, is on show at ICA Boston until May 4th 2014.soundsuits_nickcave3 soundsuits_nickcave13







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0 thoughts on “Whimsical Soundsuits by Nick Cave on show at ICA Boston

  1. Sound Suits … Brilliant ! I must have been in the wrong Cave to have only just become aware of this. It seems to combine some of the best elements of Chinese New Year and Carnival costume with the flexibility to address any occasion or feeling. Sounds like a winner !

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