(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

29 September 2011

Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery

September 8 – October 8, 2011
In collaboration with Mary Boone Gallery

[PRESS RELEASE]Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce Ever-After, a solo exhibition of new work by Nick Cave. Cave will present a group of ‘Soundsuits.’ This sculptural form based on the scale of the artist’s body is at the core of Cave’s practice. It camouflages the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. However, Ever-After marks a noticeable shift in his approach. The ‘Soundsuits’ will interact within subtly narrative tableaux. These figurative landscapes connect the viewer to a social consciousness, summoning the echoes and voices which Cave believes have been paralyzed to silence and subjected to unfair altercations in an often hostile society.

‘Mating Season’ is an encounter of white-haired, boyish bunny figures suggesting a sublime play of fornication, placed in multiple positions. ‘Speak Louder’ comprises a group of figures that unite into one organism. Several of the figures gesture in a manner that reveals emotional references and together speaks of a multiplying figure that becomes an assemblage or a whole. The unifying surface of the piece is constructed from a surge of assorted black buttons. Each button offers the reflection of a memory, a thought, and the inheritance of personal identity. The accumulation of buttons invades a singular cloth producing a choir of voices. These tableaux will provoke new readings of Cave’s work, which in the past has been constructed around the individual figure.

The cumulative effect will be a black and white interior psychological world probing consciousness, contemplation and deep exploration. There is an ephemeral quality that articulates both absence and a transcendent yet dependent spirit. Ultimately Cave strips down to the bare essence in this exhibition, turning his back on the noise as he chooses to walk into what he pictures as an abyss of serenity. This experience is inextricably linked to Cave’s concurrent solo exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery, which is an open playground of ‘Soundsuits’ that celebrates exuberance, chaos, and color. The two exhibitions form one complete encounter.

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