Nationally recognized soundsuit designer and show producer Nick Cave is preparing to wow people in Shreveport, with “As Is.” The performance is designed to get us to become more accepting of each other as we are. We’ll show you what all of the talk is about.
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Renowned performance artist Nick Cave is ready to deliver a message. Are you ready to listen? On March 20 audiences will have the chance to learn about the stories of numerous volunteers, local artists and participants from four social service organizations in the nine-block Shreveport Common neighborhood, all weaved together to create the production, AS IS by Nick Cave.
“I’ve named the show AS IS because it’s how I want neighbors to see neighbors — as is — to celebrate what makes each of us unique,” Cave said. “AS IS will be a visually stunning multimedia performance that transports audiences beyond the normal limits of entertainment into a spectacular world that will have you asking, ‘What just happened right in front of me?’ This spectacle of social consciousness is designed to transform the audience and I hope prompt them to ask, ‘How can we not accept each other ‘AS IS’?”
Cave is most recognizable covered up — whether under a sculpture of brightly colored flowers on CeeLo Green’s most recent album cover or in the galleries of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, or Crystal Bridges Museum. But for his most recent project in Shreveport, Cave has chosen work that is much more revealing.
A production for all of the senses featuring poetry, music, digital animation, dance and more will aim to bring Shreveport residents together, accepting each other as they are when “AS IS” by Nick Cave is presented 2:30 p.m. March 20 at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.
The event will be the culmination of the artist residency of Cave, nationally renowned “soundsuit” creator, with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.
“A year ago in March, Nick Cave committed to spend a year here, coming every month to work with what is close to 100 artists in our community ... and create a production of dance, of digital media, of singing, instrumental and spoken word,” SRAC Executive Director Pam Atchison said. “The message is to shed light on the great work that Providence House, Mercy Center, the VOA McAdoo and the VOA Lighthouse are doing as the authentic residents of Shreveport Common.”
Watch as artists Angelique Feaster and Brenda Wimberly speak about their roles in the upcoming AS IS by Nick Cave Production on the KSLA Hometown Show.
His work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art, but soon Shreveport will 'bead a part' as well.
Nick Cave, the most popular, most collected, most innovative Artist in the World – is coming to Shreveport! An internationally renowned Artist, Sculptor, Performer, and self-described “Messenger,” Cave is known for his elaborate, symbolic Sound Suits that are made to hide the human and expose the inner message of social consciousness.
Nick Cave’s work is featured in Museums, Galleries, and Private Collections all over the world including the Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Seattle Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, and the Trapholt Museum in Denmark. Cave’s exhibitions, installations, and performative works span the globe including London, Paris, China, Seoul, Jerusalem, and Portugal. So why is Nick Cave coming to Shreveport?
A public-private redevelopment project targeting nine blocks of downtown Shreveport moved ahead Thursday with a new grant to support a theatrical production and a feasibility study for artist housing in Shreveport Common.
New York-based Educational Foundation of America awarded $190,000 to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It’s the EFA’s third grant in recent years.
The goal of the $100 million Shreveport Common project is to turn a blighted area into a thriving, arts-driven economy. At a press conference, the EFA’s arts program officer David Stocks praised Shreveport for its vision.
“It’s so multifaceted. It’s bricks and mortar. It’s programming. I think the Shreveport Regional Arts Council is going beyond that to create a holistic system for artists to impact the community and for the community to support the artists. That’s very, very special here,” Stocks said.
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Shreveport Regional Arts Council has $190,000 more to advance Shreveport Common through the yearlong artist-in-residency program featuring artist, sculptor and educator Nick Cave.
The check was presented by Heidi Ettinger and David Stock of Educational Foundation of America, a national program that champions the arts as an economic driver.
Such attention and funding from a national foundation such as the EFA, along with the recent Best Community Development in the Nation award from the National Development Council, are an incredible show of confidence in the work SRAC is doing in the 9-block area, said Sandi Kallenberg, chairwoman of the SRAC board. "We hope this type of national support will motivate additional local investment in and commitment to revitalization of this historic cultural district."
The Education Foundation of America presented the $190,000 grant award to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council — the facilitators over Shreveport Common neighborhood — in support of the Artists's Capacity Study for an artists' live/workspace.
Shreveport Common is a name often associated with the UNSCENE! festival series, but it's not just fun and games for the downtown Shreveport neighborhood. A goal is to build a thriving arts district where people live, work and play.
It's a plan that's been in development for several years, and the grant award brings it closer to actually happening.
The Educational Foundation of America has given a $190,000 grant to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, in support of the cultural development of the nine-block area comprising Shreveport Common. The grant also accompanies a year-long artist-in-residency of Nick Cave. Local artists Karen LaBeau, Kathryn Usher, Heather Beauvais, Jerry Davenport, and Sherry Tamburo are gathering the stories of local residents and interpreting them as artworks that will be featured in the Nick Cave production, AS IS, 2016, a piece that will involve beaded blankets, musical works, and dance compositions.
“We believe that Shreveport Common will become a reality when area Artists make it their home…their place to live, work, and play,” said Heidi Ettinger, chair of the Educational Foundation of America Arts Committee.
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council invited Cave to the Shreveport Common neighborhood to work with the community, artists and social service organizations in a collaborative art experience.
SRAC and Cave are inviting everyone to come “bead a part of the fun" at the series of bead-a-thons workshops during which beaded blankets will be made to be used for the Nick Cave "AS IS" performance on March 20 at Municipal Auditorium.
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Nick Cave is bringing his unique style and vision to the Municipal Auditorium but is looking to Shreveport to help create his vision. Between now and March 20, there will be multiple Bead-A-Thons where YOU can participate in the creation of a piece of a Nick Cave Performance.
It is free to come BEAD a part of the excitement and working on these beaded blankets, suits and spirit sticks earn you a chance to win tickets to the performance, merchandise or a ticket to Chicago for a tour of Nick's Fab Lab.
Located at Central ARTSTATION
801 Crockett St. Downtown Shreveport
A world renowned artist is bringing a message to Shreveport or rather helping the city tell its own story. Nick Cave, says his life changed in 1991 after the Rodney King beatings in Los Angeles. To communicate his distress about the beatings he created his first ever Sound Suit, a suit used to express his inner message.
His visit began on a busy morning near the Texas/Louisiana state line in one of his infamous "Sound Suits" covered in synthetic hair, capturing the eye of all those wondering "Who is it" and "Why is it here?" He says the sound suits is his way of expressing his emotion using anything he can collect around him, no matter what it is.
"So it is really about ideas that are connected to activist and ways to protest the aggression," says Cave. "So it really becomes a vehicle for communicating."
The artist, sculptor and performer says he is visiting the ArkLaTex over the course of several months as a change agent.
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Nick Cave is blanketed head to toe in thick, hot pink raffia garb. He moves his body in sweeping gestures. It’s all in a day’s work for this Chicago artist.
Over the past couple decades, Cave has made more than 500 of these over-the-top, costume-like sculptures that blend movement and noise he calls Soundsuits.
He’s in and out of Shreveport for an eight-month residency through theShreveport Regional Arts Council.
Cave is working with local artists and residents in social service programs to create works that will culminate March 20 in a one-hour program at Municipal Auditorium.
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The story Nick Cave wants to inspire Shreveport to tell is still unfolding.
“It’s going to just evolve over time. It’s going to take a moment for people to get comfortable with the artists in residence even being present in these facilities, and how you use art as a means to bring people together and establish dialogue in the process of building,” Cave said. “This is just the initial inspiration.”
Cave is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for his “soundsuits,” wearable creations crafted from found objects meant to encapsulate and then obscure a wearer’s race and gender and force interaction to be viewed only through movement, sound and color.
The suits themselves are a sort of outrageous interpretation of human costuming tradition — somewhere between the ritualism garb of African history and the explosive colorfulness of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.
“We’re forcing people to look at the work without judgment. We tend to want to find a way of putting things in categories. This way you’re forced to look at something that is of other,” Cave said. “An amalgamation of everything that our world is composed of, that’s the other.”
His work has been exhibited around the world and his current exhibition “Here Hear” at the Cranbrook Museum just outside Detroit is part of a six-month residency there. He’s also spending time in Shreveport in an artist residency through the Shreveport Regional Arts Council funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
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Community engages in art to promote stories of Shreveport Common
As part of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s artist in residency program, Nick Cave has become a messenger in the Shreveport-Bossier City community.
Cave’s message is to tell the stories and share the voices of Shreveport Common in an all-out artistic performance scheduled March 20 at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium. Shreveport Common is a nine-block area around Central ARTSTATION that is home to more than 800 people in the city. SRAC is working to revitalize the space and draw the community with Cave’s project to aid in that goal.
Pam Atchison, SRAC executive director, said the nonprofit sees Shreveport Common as a huge DIY neighborhood.
“This is part of that UNSCENE! project that we created that is designed to bring in that national artist to discover something new about our local artist community and the indelibleness of it is that it goes on. When Nick leaves, these artists are still equipped to make great art, to think about art differently and to think about our neighbors differently, and hopefully, the artist will start incorporating the personalities and stories of the neighbors and how they make art,” Atchison said. “It’s really important that this project be about incorporating or involving as many local artists as possible.”
Part of Cave’s eight-month residency will be working with different nonprofits: Providence House, Mercy Center, VOA McAdoo and the Youth Programs at the VOA Lighthouse; and seven artists from the Northwest Louisiana Artists: Sherry Tamburo, Heather Beauvais, Luther Cox Jr., Poetic X, Jerry Davenport, Karen La Beau and Kathryn Usher.
This collaborative effort will focus on the creation of the art that Cave is bestknown for: Sound Suits. His Sound Suits are created from materials – any and every material that Cave is attracted to – and are then formed into suits that can be worn. Essentially, Cave’s art are wearable performance pieces.
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Nick Cave - the “hottest,” most popular, most collected, most innovative Artist in the World – is coming to Shreveport! Cave is an internationally renowned Artist, Sculptor, Performer, and self-described “Messenger.”
Cave is known for his elaborate, symbolic Sound Suits that are made to hide the human and expose the inner message of social consciousness. His work is rooted in Civic Responsibility – beginning with his first Sound Suit that communicated his distress over the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles in 1991. Since then, he has created more than 300 distinctly different Sound Suits, each conveying a message through the elaborate intertwining of – mostly – found objects from thrift stores and road-side collecting.
His current exhibition, Here Hear, at the Cranbrook Museum just outside of Detroit is considered one of the five “must do” art experiences in the world – this summer (Huff Post Arts and Culture, July 24, 2015). Cave is currently creating social change as Detroit discovers Detroit in a six-month residency with an Exhibition at Cranbrook Museum, the home of his MFA Alma Mater, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and “Invasions” that spontaneously appear throughout unique venues and destination in the City of Detroit. The Washington Post proclaims, “Nick Cave dons mantle of an artist who inspires and elicits introdspection! Nick Cave’s Detroit project garnered New York Times front page coverage.
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You’re not dreaming, hallucinating or having a nightmare. This is real. This is art. And it’s coming to Shreveport.
The elaborately crafted, brightly hued wearable art sculptures are the signature “Soundsuits” designed by Nick Cave. They’re made from “found objects,” such as human hair, buttons, beads and fabric.
They are crafted to conceal the race, gender and class of the person wearing it and instead guide the audience to focus on the inner message of social consciousness.
“To wear them, it’s more complicated than you think. There’s a ritual that we do,” Cave said to group of art donors at artspace gallery during his first visit to Shreveport last week. “You’re not allowed to put it on right away. You have to settle down internally. Touch it and imagine what it’ll feel like once you have it on. And once you do, you’re not allowed to move because you need to also transition. You become something ‘other.’ You have to do this because otherwise you find you’re not grounded in your motion.”
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