So last night was our first official date night, which was the idea of my wonderful bf. We decided to take the bus into the big city and see some art. “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth” is the featured art by Nick Cave at the Seattle Art Museum. On now through June 5th, and I am going to make a point to tell everyone to see this show! In short this was an amazing display of he calls “soundsuits”. *Nick Cave is a Chicago based fabric sculptor, dancer and performance artist. His first suit was made of twigs, following creations include dyed human hair (bought already dyed from a wholesaler in New York) , sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, feathers and toys… anything he can possibly collect.*
One could spend hours looking at the details of just one of the 50 suits he currently has displayed. Each is uniquely its own yet they seem to fit together nicely into sets. Displayed on mannequins for viewing to the masses as visual art, and also displayed throughout the exhibit on projectors to be seen as movable pieces of functional art. Using both dance and music to help show the mobility and true nature of each soundsuit. Each suit is created using found materials of all mediums bright and colorful, natural and ornamental, anything and everything.
Not only did I feel like Nick’s work was interesting to the eye, but I love that it was all recycled and re-purposed material, but that he uses craft as part of the art. YES! He has a whole screen dedicated to just a bunch of granny squares and doilies that he found and photographed before using them in the soundsuits.
I didn’t get to see the suits in motion, but just read when Nick Cave does shows, one component is to partner with community dance groups to create what are called Invasions. *Kind of like a monster flash-mob, the suits show up in public for quick mini-performances. Both Cornish and Spectrum will be performing over the course of the exhibit. The first one happened in a window of Nordstrom.* Follow SAM on Facebook or Twitter to figure out where they’ll be next.
I can’t say enough good about this show, and be sure to check out what I’m calling “The big pile of happiness”, in the first room with all the furries. Basically a bunch of rolled up afghan you just want to jump in and all will be happy and right. Go Nick Cave! Go SAM! Go see a colorful fun world of a different beauty and happy weirdness.
* two awesome links I am referencing.