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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Nick Cave Is Not That Nick Cave

I sauntered into Nick Cave's exhibit at Jack Shainman gallery, thinking I was about to see artwork by the doom-and-gloom Australian singer. Nick Cave, the singer, has written a novel and penned a screenplay, so why shouldn't he pick up a paintbrush as well? Wrong! Another Nick Cave exists. He's a Chicago-based artist whose sculptures are worn, known as Soundsuits. The "outfits" look like ceremonial costumes but with a high fashion aesthetic. There's a Matthew Barney vibe going on here: meticulous, slightly druggy, and with probably a million references you would never be able to even guess.