Spotlight: Nick Cave

Artist Nick Cave

World-renowned artist, Nick Cave once danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre before pursuing visual art studies. Now as a notable educator, and artist he continues to expand his repertoire of monikers: performance artist, sculptor, dancer, fiber artist, fabric sculptor….

His work melds art, fashion and dance together in otherworldly, dreamlike sculptures – most recognizably, his ritualistic costumes called “Soundsuits”: bright wearable embellished fabric sculptures that make sounds when worn. These sculpted, textured full body soundsuits layered in colorful metal, plastic, fabric, hair, and other objects designed to rattle and resonate with the movement of the wearer, usually Cave himself.

The soundsuits hide gender, race and class, forcing you to observe without judgment. They are sometimes sedentary, standing quiet as a more traditional piece of sculpture set in place within an institution or displayed at an art fair. However, sometimes they are in movement – alive in motion, engaging you in a joined narrative. The combined elements of sound, performance, color, and costume create a layered complexity – visceral moments entwined with a performance built on impulse, provoking a bond with the unfamiliar.

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A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to catch Cave’s performance HEARD. He bought his mesmerizing soundsuits to Grand Central as part of their 100th year celebration. The performance piece featured thirty of his colorful horse suit creations wandering and dancing in the train station at set times.

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The More You Know:

  • Check out Nick Cave’s current exhibition (his largest to-date), expounding beyond the soundsuits, an exploration of thoughts on race and identity.  Until is now running at Mass Moca
  • Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge, Art21 | “Nick Cave’s most recent installation, Until, is an immersive and subtle confrontation…asking viewers to pay attention to the point at which they become participants in discussions about violence and race in America—right there in the gallery space itself.”
  • Visit the SoundsuitShop, which was created to share the art of Nick Cave with a wider audience.
  • VIDEO: Art21 exclusive, Thick Skin gives some insight into the impetus behind the Soundsuits.

 

Octopus Typewriter by Courtney Brown

Octopus Typewriter by Courtney Brown

This beast is an old relic recovered from a sunken ship, still hosting its former resident.  Oakland artist Courtney Brown fashioned a octopus typewriter I pray makes it as a backdrop for the next 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake. Brown used a 1938 Underwood typewriter affixed with sculpted bronze tentacles – a beautiful fright right out of your dreams or nightmares.

You choose.

Be sure to check out her great shots of the beast in the making.

Octopus Typewriter by Courtney Brown

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Octopus Typewriter by Courtney Brown

pictures courtesy of Courtney Brown’s website

Discover: Yoan Capote

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Self-portrait (each one of us) 2002 to 2008 | Concrete and cast bronze |175 x 50 x 50 cm | Yoan Capote

 

Cuban artist, Yoan Capote peeks our interest with sculpture work that creates harmony between materials that stand in stark contrast in the face of their duality.  It might be what draws you to his work; but Capote mentioned in an interview that the materials don’t determine his work. “Ideas are critical to my deciding which materials to use…Whenever you have something interesting to convey, you look for the ideal way to express it.”*

His visual metaphors are striking; the chords of his work strike emotional tones of compassion, a connect with our humanity, and a sight into our fragility.  One of our favorites pieces is Self-Portrait.  In Self-Portrait, Capote used molds of real bones with provenance from different dead people; then, he reproduced each one of them in wax, adjusting them and creating the representation of a new subject in that sculpture. The weight of the concrete is used like a symbolic element. Equilibrium is a metaphor of struggle and resistance. Gravity reminds the spiritual weight that everyone supports and talks about fragility of our own life.

Discover more on Yoan Capote: Website

 

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New Man 2014 Real handcuffs, cast bronze and stainless steel structure | 221.5 x 61 x 46 cm | Yoan Capote

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*quote comes from Capote interview with Phyllis Tuchman
– description of Self Portrait and photos from the artist

Insomnia: Our Mild Obsession with Colombian Artist Omar Castaneda

Last year at the Pinta Art Fair in Miami, I walked away mildly obsessed with the work of Colombian artist, Omar Castaneda.  His imagery is so ‘in your face’.

Castaneda is committed to the local culture of Columbia – exposing their socio-political issues with concepts and materials related to food and animals, since according to him, that is the basis of the people, the culture and their habits.  Using these common elements, he dissects the past of towns and regions, tells personal stories and recreates armed conflicts, both current and past.

As his art delivers this message with what could fairly be described as disturbing imagery, it delves into the explorations of subjects and materials related to his native South America.  Castaneda’s inspiration and resource is food – A basic human necessity, food is loaded with cultural, social and political implications with regard to its value, production, source, and consumption. Food effectively dissolves most preconceived distinctions between nature and culture, production and consumption, morals and markets, family and society, the individual and the collective, body and mind.

Explore below, pieces from his exhibition, ANIMAL GENERATION. Or do some digging of your own over at omarcastaneda.org.

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HANNA LIDEN’S SCORCHED BAGEL TOTEMS POP UP AT NYC LOCALES

Still saying ‘what the’ to Hanna Liden’s bagel totems?  Here’s the skinny: Swedish artist Hanna Liden had her first taste of that new york staple, the bagel in 1998 – which incidentally, is the year that she arrived in new york.  So I guess you could say that the bagels represent her formative NYC year, her first authentic taste of the city that would become her new home.

The sculptures are large-scale, carved versions of bagels — both individually placed and arranged in stacks, acting as makeshift ‘vases’, placed in well-traveled public spaces.  The black spray paint, a romanticized vision of the impurity and grime that is characteristic of the city.

Liden’s sculptural eating experience is titled ‘everything’, a two-part art installation in Hudson River Park until October 20, 2015, and Ruth Wittenberg plaza until august 24, 2015. Presented by Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s since 1851, the exhibition sets up the sculptural bagels in unexpected contexts around the city, giving new meaning to what Liden refers to as ‘a great icon of urban living’.

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photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund

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via designboom

LIVING IN A BEAR

‘Performance Art’ has become this all encompassing term for what fits the fancy these days.

For French artist Abraham Poincheval that meant spending two weeks living inside a hollowed-out sculpture that he covered with the skin of a bear. Yeah, that’s right, I’m not saying that he lived in the carcass of a bear for nearly two weeks – cause that just sounds bad ass and crazy doesn’t it? When in fact – it was a hollowed out sculpture of a bear that he reclined in with limited supplies of food and water. His unusual living arrangement even came equipped with a makeshift unit for umm…relieving oneself.  Doesn’t sound so bad ass now, does it? Although it’s probably started to sound a tad crazy.

Poincheval’s performance took place from April 1 – April 13th inside the Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris.  The symbolic hibernation started with Poincheval’s quest for understanding his animal nature and physical limits. The performance was broadcast 24 hours a day through a live web feed.  I’m going to speculate and say nothing spectacular happened.

Ah, to each his own.

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 pics via ignant.blog & Poincheval’s Facebook

Eduardo Kobra Brings Rodin’s The Thinker to São Paulo

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Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s new mural in Sao Paulo, brings Rodin into Brazil with a mural based on one of the most famous sculptures by the French Artist, ‘The Thinker’.

The mural is located in the east side of the city and carries Kobra’s typical style: an explosion of colors and geometric forms along with an impressive realistic painting.

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Previous walls by Kobra:

V Day Kiss / New York

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer / Sao Paulo

Albert Einstein / LA

Mount Rushmore / LA

KRIS KUKSI – FANTASTIC REALISM

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“I’m sorry, did a person do that?!

That was pretty much my dumbfounded reaction to seeing Kuksi’s work in-person for the 1st time. As I lay on the floor to shoot pics of the scenes going on underneath this sculpture the realization washes over me that trying to consume the sheer level of detail in these intricate mini mythological universes Kuksi creates in one viewing might cause tiny explosions in your brain.

Kuksi is an architect of worlds imagined, where these modern societies of plastic going on’s take on the turbulent fault of violence and the chaos of society at hand within its structure. And you can see them now at his current solo exhibit happening at the Joshua Liner Gallery /540 W. 28th Street/New York, NY

*Sculpture seen at Joshua Liner Gallery booth / Miami Project Art Fair 2013

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BANKSY BRINGS #16 IN HIS SERIES TO THE BRONX

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Bansky’s newest work is a fiberglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy standing in the South Bronx. According to the BANKSNY SITE, the sculpture, Shoe Shine will move outside a different McDonalds everyday at lunchtime for the next week.

According to the Gothamist the sculpture is near 839 Westchester Avenue. – ALSO CHECK THEM OUT FOR UPDATED IN AND BRAND NEW PICS.

Don’t forget to listen to the audio guide for the piece here.

Missed the #1-#15?

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THE Most Colorful Glass WOODS You’ve Ever Seen

Oslo Designers StokkeAustad Andreas Engesvik Glass WOODS

The Woods is a collaboration between Oslo Designers StokkeAustad & Andreas Engesvik. The sculptures consist of seven pieces joined in two separate sections.

These hand blown glass sculptures were inspired by the lights and landscapes of the North. ”A tree changing colors and transparency through the seasons is a fascinating process which was captured in this glass object.” says Engesvik.

via The Art Cake

Photos via Andreas Engesvik

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FORCE OF NATURE: Gravity-Defying Bronze Statues

Lorenzo Quinn's Force Of Nature II Sculpture Is Installed In Berkley Square

Artist, Lorenzo Quinn’s is no stranger to attention, his life-sized installations have always been grabbers. His newest works, a series of sculptures entitled, Force of Nature are no exception..these gravity-defying statues seem to be in a state of perpetual motion.

Lorenzo Quinn's Force Of Nature II Sculpture Is Installed In Berkley Square

Lorenzo Quinn's Force Of Nature II Sculpture Is Installed In Berkley Square

At the base of the sculptures are these words from the artist… “We humans think of ourselves as supreme beings, above all others and in absolute control of our destiny and our surroundings. We live with a false sense of security, only to be awakened by Mother Nature’s fury, almost as if she needs to remind us of her presence and our responsibility towards her child (the Earth). After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the hurricane that affected the Southern States, I decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature. This would be reminiscent of the early statues made as peace offerings to the gods in the hope of quenching their anger. In essence, people are not very different today from the people who lived thousands of years ago. We still devote ourselves to symbols to escape our destiny.”

Lorenzo Quinn's Gravity-Defying Bronze Statues image credit: mymodernmet