On 10 September 2011, Mary Boone Gallery, in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery,
will open at its Chelsea location For Now, an Installation of new work by NICK CAVE.
For Now is an open playground of the Artist’s daring and iconic Soundsuits – hybrid
sculptural forms based on the scale of the Artist’s body. The Soundsuits camouflage and
amplify the body, creating an exuberant second skin that conceals race, gender, and class.
Cave builds on a long and multifarious world history of accreted fetishes and Shamanistic
figures, bringing together a range of raw and manufactured materials to create an
Installation that he heralds as a “psychedelic, functified freak show that is an accumulation
of the decades from the perspective of voodoo woo-loo.” Cave surpasses his Soundsuits’
individual theatricality by moving them into circus acts, stacked one on top of the other, or
arranged in volatile vignettes.
For Now is like walking into a frozen frame of Soundsuits interacting on a playground
without rules – a celebratory release of color, chaos, exuberance, and a surplus of dares
that are caught in the act.