Thursday, February 4, 2010

NICK CAVE | Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Exhibition | Fowler Museum

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave's exhibition " Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" opened at UCLA's Fowler Museum displaying thirty-five of his African and Caribbean influenced "arte couture" suits. The idea behind these works is to reveal mythic ism as well as identity in Cave as well as other people of African & Caribbean American descent. This exhibit is on display until May 30, 2010. The Fowler writes:

"Experience the largest presentation of work by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, featuring thirty-five of his Soundsuits—multi-layered, mixed-media sculptures named for the sounds made when the “suits” are worn. Reminiscent of African, Caribbean and other ceremonial ensembles as well as of haute couture, Cave’s work explores issues of transformation, ritual, myth and identity. His virtuosic constructions incorporate yarn, sequins, bottle caps, vintage toys, rusted iron sticks, hair, and more. Mad, humorous, visionary, glamorous and unexpected, the Soundsuits are created from scavenged ordinary materials that Cave re-contextualizes into extraordinary works of art. The Fowler is the first LA-area museum to feature Cave's work and the only Southern California venue for this traveling exhibition."

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