Nick Cave is a creative jack-of-all-trades; he wears the hats of, sculptural artist, Professor of the Fashion Department at the Art Institute of Chicago and a performer with Alvin Ailey Dance Company in NYC. He uses the 3 artistic mediums of sculpture, installation and performance to infuse fashion, art and dance into one interactive experience. Cave’s productions and public performances always exude colorful constructed pieces like his, HEARD NY that is performed in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, the performance showcases a herd of 30 vibrant life size horse costumes.


nick cave HEARD NY

His most well known interactive performance and creative design are Soundsuits, the suits are worn as a expression of protection from cultural discrimination. Cave is quoted as stating, “I started thinking about the role of identity, being racially profiled, feeling devalued, less than, dismissed.” The pieces are used as a vehicle for change, infusing influence on bringing human beings together, adjusting physical appearance, as well as, being used to study the surrendering to otherness.

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Nick has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2006, with the showcasing of Soundsuits being his first exhibition.

cave Jack Shainman Gallery 1

Art doesn’t serve the sole representation of visual observation, it is also meant to be an interactive experience, the fashioning of Cave’s eclectic costumes are made of upcycled/recycled objects and materials discovered on the streets of NYC at the many flea markets and rummage sales. The Avant-garde vibe of recycled stuffed animals, fabrics and faux furs brought about the collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar to create an editorial entitled ‘Where The Wild Things Are”

cave Harper's Bazaar

Like Mr. Cave himself, his works of art capture a multi-faceted approach, honing in on fashion, art and creative performance all for the gain of influencing others to view the world in more than the grayscale, in a view of vibrancy both in living color and humanity.

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