Originally Published October 6, 2015
By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger
“The role of imagination in Cave’s work is not escapism, but rather a strategy to negotiate the real life states of vulnerability and consequence.” - 'Greetings From Detroit'
Visiting Cranbrook Art Museum, you always partake in some sort of experience like any other, and this time was no exception. The in-depth look at Nick Cave's artwork was immensely interesting, and luckily in this experience, a first hand look with the curator of the exhibit, Laura Mott.
An excerpt from the published piece in a private publication called The Grapevine by Amy Cooper (Myself) reads as follows on the subject:
"Nick Cave’s designs are what he calls “Soundsuits,” made of repurposed materials like sequins, fabrics, twigs, plastic, yarn, and anything else he can get his hands on. Crafted for sound, mobility, and dance, the sound suits are used to create a sense of anonymity to the inhabitant of the suit. With this releases the bond of judgment on race, color, class, or physical appearance."
"Mott explained that Cave looks at himself as a messenger, not an artist. “This isn’t a hobby. It’s art to create conversation.” Within our tour, we received a firsthand account from Mott on how Cave’s process works, and were able to give her our feedback on impacting pieces, whether they be political, spiritual, or racial. She shared with us Cave’s notion that the suits could inspire “collective dreaming” that would allow us to draw on the creative power of dreams."
In addition to this, Laura was able to partake in days of filming with The Right Brothers and Nick Cave for video installations, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. After observing it once, one of my colleges stayed with me as we watched the video a second time, flabbergasted by the movement and watching the Soundsuits in action.
The exhibit will be in operation for one more week, ending it's stint on October 11, and admission is $10. If you've got the time, it's a prime exhibit to visit and behold. To learn more, please visit Cranbrook's Website.