17 December 2014
Nick Cave is a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a performer, dancer, artist and sculptor. His works, whether they be wearable sculptures exhibited in ritual dances in art galleries, in parks and plazas, or objects like the series of chairs recently shown at the Jack Shainman gallery in New York, are virtuosic combinations of contrasting materials. Bags, straw hats, paper or flowers, fabric covered in coloured beads, tops, colourful fur patchwork and cloth animals can all be found in his pieces. His fantasy knows no limits, nurtured by a particular executive talent and unusual ability to put everyday objects, along with almost pyrotechnic effects, together seamlessly. His fantastical, wearable sculptures come alive, animated by his talent as a dancer, during a performance that walks the line between primitive and futuristic.