Nick Cave. Let Performance for Nick Cave Performance for Nick Cave Nick Cave, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Architectural Forest, 2011. Mixed media. 136 x 180 x 336 inches. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Speak Louder, 2011. Buttons, wire, bugle beads, upholstery, and mannequin. 98 x 68.5 x 54 inches (installed). Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Speak Louder (detail), 2011. Buttons, wire, bugle beads, upholstery, and mannequin. 98 x 68.5 x 54 inches (installed). Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Drive By (still), 2011. Edition of 5, 1 AP. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2009. Mixed media. 116 x 32 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2009. Mixed media. 116 x 32 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2010. Mixed media. 96 x 33 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit (detail), 2010. Mixed media. 96 x 33 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2011. Mixed media. 86 x 48 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Nick Cave. Soundsuit (detail), 2011. Mixed media. 86 x 48 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
Nick Cave. Let's C (installation view), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Performance for Nick Cave's Let's C at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. December 16, 2011. Courtesy of Nick Cave in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Performance for Nick Cave's Let's C at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. December 16, 2011.
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Nick Cave, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Architectural Forest, 2011. Mixed media. 136 x 180 x 336 inches. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Speak Louder, 2011. Buttons, wire, bugle beads, upholstery, and mannequin. 98 x 68.5 x 54 inches (installed). Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Speak Louder (detail), 2011. Buttons, wire, bugle beads, upholstery, and mannequin. 98 x 68.5 x 54 inches (installed). Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Drive By (still), 2011. Edition of 5, 1 AP. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2009. Mixed media. 116 x 32 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.

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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2009. Mixed media. 116 x 32 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2010. Mixed media. 96 x 33 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Soundsuit (detail), 2010. Mixed media. 96 x 33 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2011. Mixed media. 86 x 48 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave. Soundsuit (detail), 2011. Mixed media. 86 x 48 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Photo credit: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.
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Nick Cave:

Let's C

December 16, 2011–Mid-February, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 16, 2011, 6–8 pm

Performance and Reception:
Performance by Nick Cave
Friday, December 16, 2011, 7pm
 

The exhibition Let’s C highlights recent, prominent sculptural and performative works by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, who is currently in residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM). The exhibition features Cave’s iconic “Soundsuits”—which function in chorus as dance costumes, sculptures, and extensions of one’s persona—video of recent performance, and, for the first time, Architectural Forest: an ambitious, floor-to-ceiling installation of ornamented bamboo. This forest serves as a playful yet mysterious landscape in which Cave’s December 16th performance at FWM takes place. 
 
For over two decades, Nick Cave has constructed Soundsuits out of a litany of unique, found materials, such as crocheted hats, plastic sandwich bags, gleaming buttons, stuffed animals, and other items from thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales. Their sculptural form functions simultaneously to display and conceal through the visual references to the exuberance of masquerade and the protection of body armor.


Bio
Born 1959, Missouri
Nick Cave received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI (1989) and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, MO (1982). In Fall 2011, Cave had two concurrent solo exhibitions in New York, NY at Jack Shainman Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery. Cave was also included in group exhibitions this past Fall, such as 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection, at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Prospect.2 Biennial, taking place throughout New Orleans, LA.  His solo traveling exhibition, Meet Me at the Center of the Earth—organized by the Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA—will be on view at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA through January 2012. Cave has a forthcoming major presentation of his work scheduled for the Tri Postal in Lille, France, in late 2012. His work is held in the following distinctive public collections: the Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Seattle Art Museum, WA; among others. Cave has received several prestigious awards including: the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), Artadia Award (2006), the Joyce Award (2006), Creative Capital Grants (2002, 2004, and 2005), and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001). Cave lives and works in Chicago, IL where he serves as Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.