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Nick Cave

A Quarter Til Ten


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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A Quarter Til Ten deals with themes of memory and personal experience. Nick Cave is best known for performances and wearable sculptures referencing issues of race and identity. Assigned the dark, somber space in the Museum's lower level, Cave turned it into something laboratory-like: an exploration of his experience as a Black man. The space contains "specimens," collaged on the wall or arranged in grids on the floor. Rusty implements, an old chair, tools, and bottles -- all reference time past. More pointedly, a black, 3-foot-high figurine wears a "headdress" made of clipper ships. Cave's strength lies in constructing thought-provoking juxtapositions of dissimilar objects.


Factory Installed: September 10, 2006 – January 28, 2007
About The Artist

Nick Cave's artwork is described as whimsical and bizarre. He uses performance, costume, sound, and color to create his work. His intention is to explore the African identity in disparate cultures by using visual art and dance.

Cave received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His awards and residencies include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Artadia Award, Joyce Award, Creative Capital Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Cave has had major exhibitions at MASS MoCA; Cranbrook Art Museum; Saint Louis Art Museum; ICA Boston; Denver Art Museum; Fabric Workshop and Museum; Seattle Art Museum; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Cave lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA.

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