Nick Cave’s Soundsuits at the Boston ICA
To see more photos and videos of Nick Cave’s colorful creations, explore the Institute of Contemporary Art location page.
Chicago-based artist Nick Cave constructs his signature “Soundsuits”—vivid, noise-making costumes—from discarded and rediscovered materials. The suits’ varied and whimsical forms directly reflect Cave’s training as a dancer and are often used in dance performances.
The Soundsuits’ origins are darker than their vibrant colors might suggest. Cave created his first suit in 1992 as a response to the Rodney King beating. He told the Washington Post, “I built this sort of suit of armor, and by putting it on, I realized that I could a make a sound from moving in it. It made me think of ideas around protest, and how we should be a voice and speak louder.”
Cave’s suits, along with several freestanding sculptures and paintings, are on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 4.
1. 16 m, 2010. Fabric, metal. Dimensions variable. Installation view of Drama Turquesa at Ivory Press Art - Books, Madrid. Photography: Paco Gómez / NOPHOTO. Courtesy: Ivorypress, Madrid.
2. Sofá Caliente, 2001. Powder coated steel, 83,82 x 198,1 x 81,28 cm.
3. Lámpara de Mesa, 2012. Ceramic lamp, lampshade and methacrylate, 102 x 62 x 62 cm. Courtesy: Ivory Press, Madrid.
4. 150 People, 2012. Clothes. Dimensions variable. Art parcours in St. Johann, Predigerkirche. Photography: Art Basel / MCH Messe Schweis (Basel) AG. Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, NY. Fortes Vilaça Gallery, São Paulo.