Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Nick Cave's 'Rescues' Installation Images

Drawing a connection between people adopting pets at animal shelters and his own desire to reclaim and repurpose secondhand objects led Nick Cave to call these works with flea-market dog figurines “rescues.” As he thought more about the symbolism of the dog, these quickly evolved into a brand-new series of stand-alone sculptures, including the seven created for Sojourn.

Dogs are associated with loyalty, commitment, and protection. Another association is the role of the dog in hip-hop culture and how the dog is a symbol of power in that world. The inclusion of furniture and an elaborately adorned metal structure accentuate the dreamlike and otherworldly aura that Cave likes to evoke in his work. The dog becomes the benevolent guardian of this self-contained forbidden world.

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.