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Creative Genius

Tate Gunnerson | May 8, 2018 | Feature Features

Join Arts Alliance Illinois May 21 at the Marriott Marquis Chicago as they honor renowned multimedia artist and School of the Art Institute professor Nick Cave with the Creative Voice Award. This past winter, Men's Book Chicago recognized Cave as one of our Men of the Year. Here's a look back at our profile.
“HEARD • SYD” by Nick Cave at Carriageworks Sydney, 2016

Sculpture is anything but static in the hands of visionary artist Nick Cave, renowned for his performance art, large-scale installations and fantastic Soundsuits: whimsical, wearable sculptures constructed with twigs, synthetic raffia and other vibrant fabrics adorned with vintage objects. When inhabited, the otherworldly suits generate a range of sounds- some almost musical, others more alarming. “They operate as a form of armor, but they also adorn the body in a celebratory way,” Cave explains. Juggling high-profile gigs is old hat for the artist and SAIC fashion professor, but 2017 was an especially monumental year: Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Sept. 16 Nick Cave Day, for example. And Cave’s collaboration with architect Jeanne Gang on Here Hear Chicago, which featured throngs of Soundsuit-clad performers moving through 300 tottering Mylar buoys, debuted to a delighted audience at Navy Pier. “Thank God I got through it,” Cave says. “It’s nice to sit back and reflect upon the fact that we did it, and we did it well.” May 21, 11am, tickets $300-$500, for more information on the Arts Alliance Illinois sixth annual benefit, visit


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