Article by: Juxtapoz Magazine
Nick Cave’s famed Soundsuits feel like singular visions in the contemporary art world. True characters, and now, by way of their powerful singularity, they have become recognizable and especially “suited” to tell urgent, timely stories. With fabric serving as body armor, the handmade, textile “second skin” initially was Cave’s response to Rodney King’s beating at the hands of the LAPD in the early 1990s. In time, unencumbered by racial identity, they have transfigured to become triumphant cloaks of pride and power. Now, more than ever, Cave’s work continues to thrill and document in a unique hybrid of sculpture and textile, installation and narration.