Nick Cave’s Soundsuits at the Fowler

January 17, 2010 at 3:22 am 12 comments

I am still obsessing over an exhibition Dan and I saw last weekend. A colleague of mine at KCRW invited us to the opening of the exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The exhibition is absolutely fantastic. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been creating wearable sculptures that he calls Soundsuits since 1992. The pieces can stand alone in a gallery and look stunning but are also meant to be worn and danced in. The Fowler’s exhibit showcases 35 of Cave’s Soundsuits and shows a rolling video of the works in action.

nick cave, soundsuits

nick cave, soundsuits

nick cave, soundsuit

The Soundsuits are multimedia pieces made from items Cave has scavenged from flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales over the past two decades (no wonder I like them!). I was blown away by all of the bead work, textiles, and crochet work included in the pieces. One of Cave’s philosophies is that his creations have been works in progress for centuries since all of the materials have been made by other people from other times and other places. He wants to showcase all of the craftsmanship of these unknown people together in a new, artistic, and fuctional garment. I love that. Click here and here to view a couple of videos of the dancing Soundsuits.

nick cave, soundsuit

nick cave, soundsuit

nick cave, soundsuit

nick cave, soundsuit

This exhibition is really a must-see. Or, if you don’t have time to swing by the Fowler, a small selection of Soundsuits are on display in the Neiman Marcus windows in Beverly Hills. Or, see both!

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Through May 30, 2010

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  • 1. Michael  |  January 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    i love these… i feel like you could have totally made these (considering the method in which Nick Cave gets all the materials, etc). good review too. makes me wanna go to the fowler to check them out myself…

  • 2. megnificentmade  |  January 18, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I’m totally diggin’ that hair one. The static and the motion both are so beautiful.

  • 3. Laura  |  January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for sharing. I will have to go check these out!

  • 4. Matthew Frankel  |  January 20, 2010 at 7:11 am

    i want the green fury looking one

  • 5. lisa berry  |  February 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    these make me love life. absolutely amazing and inspired creations.

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  • […] but the sculptor, who makes costume-totem-figures that can be worn by dancers. I like what this blogger has to say: The Soundsuits are multimedia pieces made from items Cave has scavenged from flea […]

  • 8. pennypudding  |  April 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    These are so beautiful and fun! I am going to start collecting to make my own sound suit. A great affordable fun family project.

  • 9. miranda  |  April 28, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Thanks for taking me to this! Amazing!!

    Love you

  • 10. RZLTD  |  May 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Well how cool is it to have the same name as the other Nick Cave.

  • 11. Liliane Green Tea  |  July 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you for the informations about this so amazing concept.
    Bravo Nick Cave!!

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