Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Nick Cave's Baptismal Sculpture Installation Images

Flea-market and antique-mall finds are in large part central to Nick Cave's work. Oftentimes, these found objects serve as the benchmark and inspiration for the larger, completed work. Cave shares:

“What I’m interested in when I go to a flea market or a secondhand store is the impulse of an object. It’s the dictator. It sort of provokes a truth. And I have no idea why I’m drawn to it, but it has to have a pulse to it. I have no idea how I might use it. I just bring it in. Sometimes, if it is really strong, I’ll have it around me. Other times, I’ll put it downstairs with the other surplus and kind of see what happens.”

The artist's baptismal font is one such impulse. Check out the slide show to see the evolution of this find - from Cave's studio in Chicago - to its installation in Nick Cave: Sojourn

Nick Cave: Sojourn is a special ticketed exhibition on view June 9-September 22, 2013.

Nick Cave: Sojourn is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible through the significant support of Vicki and Kent Logan, U.S. Bank, and PB&K Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.