The Lamar Dodd School of Art will welcome fabric and performance artist Nick Cave to campus Sept. 21.
Professor and chair of the fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches in the fiber arts program, Cave will give a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Room S151 of the art school. Cave has established a reputation as a performance artist with his “Soundsuits,” (shown at right) sculpted, full-body costumes layered in metal, plastic, fabric and found objects designed to reverberate with the movements of the wearer, often the artist himself.
“Cave is an incredible fabric artist who deals with materials in a profound way, but it’s the multi-faceted combinations in his work that can really engage a broader audience,” said Clay McLaurin, area chair of fabric design in the art school. “The background in textiles and construction he now brings to fashion students is less about commerce and more about creating, finding your own voice and honing in on your identity outside of what the public might want.”