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Celebrated Performing Artist Nick Cave Visits USU

Monday, Nov. 05, 2012


Denise Albiston, PR and Marketing

Production Services, Caine College of the Arts

Utah State University

Phone: (435) 797-1500



LOGAN, UT – Nick Cave, fabric sculptor, dancer and performance artist, is coming to Utah State University Nov. 8 and while on campus he will be interviewed by David Wall. Everyone is invited to the 6 p.m. interview session in the Eccles Conference Center, Room 216.


Best known for his “Soundsuits,” wearable bright whimsical sculptures, Cave lives in Chicago, Ill., and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


“Nick Cave is one of the most exciting artists working right now,” said Laura Gelfand,  head of the Department of Art and Design in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “His work touches on every academic department of the Caine College of the Arts — visual art, music and theater. Trained as a dancer, his work is based in performance but results in fantastic objects that can be displayed or worn.”


Cave teaches fashion at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is the chairman of the fashion department. He creates each Soundsuit by hand, using knickknacks from the thrift store, including buttons, beads, sweaters, knitted potholders and fake flowers. He created the first suit in 1992 in response to the Los Angeles Rodney King beating, creating a suit out of twigs. Cave discovered that when he moved in the twig suit, it made a sound, and thus the idea was born for more Soundsuits.


Wall, an assistant professor of art history, will interview Cave. An expert on contemporary African-American art and modes of representation, Wall is the perfect choice to interview Cave, said Gelfand.


The interview is free and open to the public. For more information, call the art department office, 435-797-3460.


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