Ending Soon! Prospect 2 Must See!
What an inspiration with Mardi Gras around the corner! There are many fabulous exhibits participating in Prospect 2., but I wanted to shed a spotlight on my alma mater. Hope you can go and check out this exhibit and all the others before it closes. Read on. I couldn't describe it better...Thanks Doug!
Critic reviews Prospect.2 artist Nick Cave's Sound Suits
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12:57 PM Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 2:40 PM
Prospect.2 artist Nick Cave’s "Sound Suit" dance costumes on display at the Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, (504.865.5328) strike a Crescent City chord. Prospectus: Critic Doug MacCash rates Prospect.2 exhibits. The ratings are Wonderful, Worthwhile and Whatever. This one is Worthwhile.
Nick Cave’s over-the-top Sound Suits on display at the Newcomb Art Gallery look like the ceremonial dance wear of a strange futuristic civilization. Standing silently on their pedestals, they have an eerie wax-museum aura with a touch of disconcerting cuddliness — imagine manikins wearing surrealistic Snuggies.
Most of Cave’s creations are examples of knitting, embroidery and appliqué run amok. The oddly elegant phallic-shaped costume in the gallery lobby is a miracle of dainty sequin stitching and bead work. The science fiction-inflected, smoke-stack-shaped suit in the next room is alive with myriad buttons held on with thin plastic stems, like insect eyes. The knit sweater suit with the ski-mask face achieves a psychedelic bank-robber vibe. But the most interesting suit of all is the forbidding porcupine-like creation encrusted with thousands and thousands of short twigs and shafts of bamboo — if Andy Goldsworthy designed a hoodie, this is what it would be like.
Cave, who hails from Missouri, is an international art star, but there’s no place better that New Orleans for an exhibit of his exuberant wearable sculpture. Where do folks appreciate laboriously made, head-turning costumes more? Yet the Prospect.2 show seems to be lacking something. Shouldn’t an exhibit of “Sound Suits” include sound? Cave, who is a dancer as well as fabric artist, creates costumes that are certainly fascinating enough to serve as static sculpture, but aren’t they meant to move? The questions are: where, how, in what dance style? Swan Lake? Lady Gaga?YouTube offers some snippets of Cave’s costumes in action. Too bad Prospect.2 didn’t provide some extended performance video or, at least, a sound track to put Cave’s costumes in some sort of sonic context.
The exhibit is part of Prospect.2 New Orleans, a collection of works by 27 avant-garde artists from the Crescent City and around the world, displayed in various locations. Regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 for a one-day pass, $20 for a week’s pass and $30 for a season pass. Passes are available at the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park, the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp St., and the Prospect New Orleans headquarters at 1036 Esplanade Ave., or at prospectneworleans.org. Take a video tour of Prospect.2 titled “Visit all 27 Prospect.2 New Orleans avant-garde art exhibition," below.
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