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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by James Prinz. Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.


Artist: Nick Cave (born 1959)
Date: 2010
97 x 48 x 42 in. (246.4 x 121.9 x 106.7 cm)
Medium: Appliquéd found knitted and crocheted fabric, metal armature, and painted metal and wood toys
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.60
Not on View
Accession Number: 2010.60
Provenance(Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY), 2010; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2010
Label TextSince the mid-twentieth century, the number of dance styles in the United States has accelerated dramatically, inspiring new collaborations between the art and dance worlds. Nick Cave is both dancer and artist, and this sculpture is a result of the marriage of his two roles. This "Soundsuit" is more than a costume deisgned for a performance; it is an empty vessel charged with potential energy.

When worn, the movement of the wearer causes the suit to produce its own sounds as the elements are activated. This, in turn directs the dancer on how to move. Dancer and artwork are two parts of a whole–each informs the other in order to harness the spirit of dance.