NICK CAVE: IN CONVERSATION
October 17, 2018
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENT AMERICAN ARTIST NICK CAVE IN CONVERSATION
The New York Times will collaborate with Carriageworks this November 2018 to March 2019 as part of a major exhibition UNTIL by American artist Nick Cave, his most ambitious project to date.
Based in Sydney, Carriageworks is Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts precincts that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The collaboration brings together reporters, editors and columnists from The New York Times with international and local artists in a series of one-time-only live events that will take place in and around Cave’s artwork UNTIL.
The first Keynote talk will be held on Friday 23 November. Matthew Anderson, European Culture Editor for The New York Times, will lead a discussion with American artist Nick Cave. They will be joined by Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks.
Nick Cave is an artist and educator, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. The centrepiece of NICK CAVE: UNTIL is Crystal Cloudscape, a twelve-metre long and six-metre wide sculpture, weighing five tonne, and suspended within the Carriageworks public space. Made primarily from thousands of crystals, beads, and found objects, visitors are invited to climb one of four ladders to view the top surface of the work – an uncanny bricolage of objects that reference an American vernacular past and present. Birds, flowers, black-faced lawn jockeys, Christmas decorations and vintage Beams Trophy Whiskey Decanters populate a landscape simultaneously alluring as it is menacing.
“I view this work as a theatre set, or an elaborate community forum, as much as a work of sculpture,” explained Nick Cave.
A play on the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’, or in this case ‘guilty until proven innocent’, UNTIL began with a question Cave asked himself; ‘Is there racism in heaven?’ Rather than providing a direct answer, Cave offers us an experience, an immersive exhibition that addresses issues of race relations, gender politics and gun violence in America, and the resonance of these matters in communities around the world. Cave has come to see himself as a messenger, endeavouring to coalesce communities and discuss important issues.
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