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Out of common materials appears the uncommon work of NickCave. A trained sculptor, performance artist and dancer, he has made best friends with everyday items including buttons, sequins and embellished sweaters, sisal fiber, crocheted doilies, and fake flowers.

Cave creates elaborate costume-like works of art that cover every part of the body minus the heels, which is a vital part of activating these pieces in contemporary dance.

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African ceremonial costumes and mask are obvious points of reference” writes Cave in a personal statement.

The wearer is often burdened by a large and awkward assemblage of materials ranging from antique toys to woven handbags. At the same time these pieces give the dancer a chance to move in a new way and often have a audio element to them.

Coined “Soundsuits”, the original suit was made from hundreds of fallen twigs gathered by the artist and cut to 3″ in length. The suit made a beautiful series of sounds when worn.

 

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One of Cave’s largest compilations of work was on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, until June of last year.