Let's have a chat about Nick cave – again, and we are not talking about the musician, although it is about sound too. Nick Cave is artist and founder of the Sound suit. The suit looks like an over-dimensional cuddly toy or strange creature. It is a wearable sculpture. The figures he creates are just faaascinating. And let's keep those three 'A's everything else would be an understatement.
New York photographer Ted Sabarese produced the editorial 'Creature Couture' for CITY MAGAZINE, which features the Sound suits in direct connection with high fashion and this makes them look even more otherworldly than if they were presented in a gallery setting. On top of that, the animated aspect of these art objects does not only come down to material nature, but also gives credit to Nick Cave himself, who is part of each and every costume, the heart of the creation.
"The idea was to take Nick Cave's Sound suits and juxtapose them with the latest styles. Nick had a current show at a Chelsea NYC gallery, so we "borrowed" six suits for the day. We then styled the model to wear couture to go with each suit. Nick was actually inside each of the suits and did an amazing job bringing each one to life", Ted Sabarese told GoSee.
When he was a little kid, the 50-year-old artist was fed up with wearing the worn down clothes of his six brothers, their mother was a single parent with not much money in sight. So, he learned how to make clothes himself. He started with anything he could find around the house. Of course, his later career did take a few nudges from his Kansas City Art Institute Degree and his MA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
The fact that the Sound suits are usually linked to a lot of movement in the pictures, is due to Cave's passion for dance. While at college, he studied dance in an Alvin Ailey program. His vision was to build a bridge between dance and art.
With all that background information, let us not forget about the sound. The costumes are made of pearls, buttons, bead-strings, real hair, feathers and sometimes even old spinning tops. Most of the objects were found at flea-markets. If all goes according to plan, Cave will stage a fantastic spectacle in the Millennium Park Chicago in 2012: A Sound suit orchestra. 90 Sound suits could easily result in a whole symphony.
Until then, we are happy to enjoy the existing creatures. Their next stop is the Jack Shainman Gallery during Art Basel Miami Beach from the 2nd to the 5th of December 2010.
You can also shop in the Sound suit shop! For example, the Surrational ViewMaster is available for only 20 $! www.soundsuitshop.com.