Nick Cave spins treasure out of trash in "Sojourn."
Nick Cave spins treasure out of trash in "Sojourn."
July 15

Sparkling Sculptures Confront Contemporary Consumption

On June 10 the Atlantic joined the chorus of news outlets spotlighting Sojourn, faculty member Nick Cave’s (Fashion) “ambitious, expansive” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Featuring the best of Cave’s work from the past decade along with 40 new pieces, the show “is both a retrospective and a showcase for Cave’s new directions,” says writer Hampton Stevens. Sojourn sprawls throughout the DAM’s top floor, featuring multiple full-room installations, “sparkling stand-alone sculptures,” and dozens of the artist’s signature Soundsuits, all of which are constructed out of recycled consumer waste. As evidenced in the exhibition, Cave’s transdisciplinary practice and wide-ranging use of media makes his work difficult to define, Stevens says. “Maybe the most accurate title for Cave is one he already has at the [School of the] Art Institute of Chicago. He's a teacher.”