Nick Cave


Cave is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He joined The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, in 1990 and now serves as Chair of the Department of Fashion and Design. Cave designed and marketed his own line of men’s and women’s clothing and ran a successful retail clothing company, ROBAVE, in Chicago for 10 years and sold to 200 retailers nationally and internationally before turning exclusively to his artistic and teaching practice.

Cave is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. He has exhibited in various museums and galleries and it has been featured in such publications as Art News, Art in America, Sculpture magazine and The New York Times.—source

Cave, a black man, describes the suits as protection against prejudice. They also resemble ceremonial costume. Cave creates these wearable sculptures from a wide variety of throw away materials like twigs and bottle caps and garbage ties, making reference to society’s attitude towards minorities. Highly textural and visually stunning, his suits make sounds as they perform, creating a deeper experience for the viewer.—source.

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