Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Artist, Nick Cave @ Fowler Museum

The Fowler Museum @ UCLA

On Saturday afternoon, I zoomed over to the UCLA campus in Westwood to view the current exhibit, "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" by artist Nick Cave. The exhibit is small, but exquisite.

Nick Cave's Soundsuits

Here's a description from the Museum about the show: "Evocative of African, Caribbean and other ceremonial ensembles, as well as haute couture, Cave's work explores issues of transformation, ritual, myth and identity through a layering of references and virtuosic construction, using materials as varied as yarn, beads, sequins, bottle caps, vintage toys, rusted iron sticks, twigs, leaves and hair."
There is lots and lots of crochet work represented in the sound suits! There were lace doilies, adhered to the forms with plastic canvas, decorated with buttons; there were crocheted hats on a form, there were granny afghans draped as skirts. It was really a fantastic display!! Here are some more photos of the suits.
Later, I slipped into the Fowler gift shop and saw these 8" zippered clutch bags (below). They were made from canvas cloth in bright colors. The little crocheted granny squares were sewn to one side of each bag. Price: $18. Really not too much, considering the amount of work. Naturally, I must make one of these for myself or for a gift!!!

The exhibit continues thru May 30th. It is definitely inspiring and worth viewing!

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At 11:48 AM PST, Blogger mj said...

Fantastic! I want to go!

At 12:50 PM PST, Blogger woolanthropy said...

ME too!

At 3:01 PM PST, Blogger John on the Sunset Coast said...

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At 3:21 PM PST, Blogger AZBelle (Sandy) said...

Love the zippered clutch bags... so cute!

At 4:35 PM PST, Anonymous Suzette said...

Thanks for keeping us informed about the coolest happenings in town. Can't wait to go see this.

At 7:28 PM PST, Blogger Beth McDermott Oliver said...

I love the tiny granny motif hang tag. I need to see these in person!

At 8:28 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sound suits look like something Lady GAGA would wear! very surreal and very Gaga. She can't wear it out on a date with her bad Romance (.-.)

At 1:47 PM PST, Anonymous Donna said...

If this doesn't wake up your senses, nothing will! Gorgeous colors!


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