Fascinating and exciting deck of cards advertising/celebrating Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” so named for the sounds they make when worn.
For those that are unfamiliar with Nick Cave, the following description appears on the website of a gallery exhibiting his work:
“Nick Cave first gained widespread recognition for his ‘Soundsuits’: full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. Part sculpture, part costume, the complex, kaleidoscopically colorful works of art can be displayed as objects, and also often feature in solo and group movement performances. They are the kind of artistic hybrids that could only be created by an artist such as Cave, who trained as a dancer through the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and now directs the fashion graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Although the suits appear vibrant and joyful, crafted from materials such as buttons, beads, and bright synthetic fur, their origin is more sober. Cave created his first Soundsuit after the Rodney King beating in 1992. “I built this sort of suit of armor, and by putting it on, I realized that I could a make a sound from moving in it,” Cave told The Washington Post. ‘It made me think of ideas around protest, and how we should be a voice and speak louder.’
“More recently, the Chicago-based artist has applied his signature assemblage techniques to freestanding sculptures bursting with ceramic flowers and birds, beads, and other cast-off oddities—even furniture and life-size dog figurines. Cave recognizes similarities between these figurines, which he ‘rescues’ from flea markets and antique shops, and dogs rescued from animal shelters.”
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus an insert card identifying the particular Soundsuits used in the 4 suits. It should be noted that the faces of each suit show a progression – from 2 through Ace – which can be “flipped” to convey a sense of the performance movements for which these Soundsuits are sometimes used. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are “as new.” The box has very slight wear, particularly visible because the surface of the box is black, but white underneath when the surface sustains an abrasion.
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