Nick Cave made the first garment-sculptures we know as Soundsuits in 1991 in response to the now-infamous amateur video of the racial profiling and beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. The violent footage had a transformative and emotional impact on Cave. The soundsuits became a way for him to condition his spirit against adversity and to form a “second skin” of protection.
Over the years Cave has continued to push for even more meaning, complexity, and extravagance. The differing—often opposing—front and back of the sculptures represent a kind of double identity in Cave’s work that illustrates his interest in our ability to “step out of ourselves.” Built from found objects, the Soundsuits also become a mirror of our culture’s excess. The once-discarded surplus of society is transformed into objects of desire and human proportion.
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.