Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nick Cave at SMOCA

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a performance by Nick Cave at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Nick also came to ASU to talk about his career to students. He talked a lot about how he got to where he is now...basically giving students the advice to be fearless, trust in yourself and go with your instincts. Nick is currently a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago in the fashion department. I really like his work, I love all the found objects (big surprise), the color, and all the cultural references. I didn't necessarily like how he talked about his process and career...Im pretty sure I never want to get to the point where I have 10 assistants working for me, or to where my work leaves the studio the second it is completed. I dont think I ever want to be that detached (although I probably wont ever have to worry about getting to that point anyway!) I loved the scale of the work, and the sheer amount of it, so I guess it is necessary for him to have people working for him, but the way he talked about it just seemed like he wasn't completely involved in all the creative decision making. Anyway, the exhibition was great and if you ever get a chance to see his work in person I would highly recommend it. Here are some images of nicks work.