When we think of sculpture, noisemaking costumes crafted from found objects don’t usually come to mind. But Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has always defied categorization, creating works that straddle performance art, sculpture, and dance. His fantastical Soundsuits are striking enough as display pieces; when worn by dancers, they spring to life—whooshing, rustling, tinkling, rattling. Sponsored by Flux Projects, Cave’s new work, “Up Right Atlanta,” is a collaboration with local choreographer T. Lang. The production features 14 of the signature suits, including the one above.
“When I was inside a suit, you couldn’t tell if I was a woman or man; if I was black, red, green, or orange,” Cave told the New York Times in 2009. “I was no longer Nick. I was a shaman of sorts.”
On the calendar On April 24–26, performance artist and sculptor Nick Cave and local choreographer T. Lang collaborate for Up Right Atlanta, a show at Ponce City Market. fluxprojects.org
This article originally appeared in our April 2015 issue.