Nick Cave, the sculptor and performance artist, has a pair of terrific shows running simultaneously at two Chelsea galleries–For Now at Mary Boone and Ever-After at Jack Shaiman–through October 8. Both shows feature Cave’s signature “Soundsuits,” exuberantly theatrical fabric sculptures that double as costumes for dance and performance pieces. The wild installations and videos defy description, though the artist gets close when he calls them “a psychedelic, functified freak show that is an accumulation of the decades from the perspective of voodoo woo-loo.” Don’t miss them.
A “Soundsuit” covered in pipe cleaners and found objects at Mary Boone Gallery
Installation view of Ever-After at Jack Shainman Gallery
A “Soundsuit” covered with dogwood twigs from For Now at Mary Boone Gallery
A “Soundsuit” covered in buttons and bugle beads at Jack Shaiman Gallery
A “Soundsuit” made of found sweaters at Mary Boone