Nick Cave, Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment has opened up a new multidisciplinary art space in South Old Irving Park. The space has been conceived as an incubator for collaborations with young artists of all media. Facility, Cave’s new live/work space with his personal and professional partner Bob Faust, both introduced and announced itself to the community through its first collaborative artwork, Love Thy Neighbor. Composed of thousands of circular name tags decorated by local business, Chicago Public Schools students, and assorted community members, these “amazing little artworks,” Faust said to the New York Times, have been hung to spell out “Love Thy Neighbor,” in Facility's storefront window. Both a motto for and invitation to the neighborhood.
The 20,000-square-foot former mason’s workshop has been deliberately configured to inspire and influence young people to work collaboratively. Cave told the New York Times, “The flux of it all is really what’s interesting for us—it’s how we think. There’s a lot we want to do other than our studio practices—bigger work in terms of being more accountable for civic responsibilities.”
To see a sneak preview of some of the work coming out of Facility and read more about Nick Cave’s artistic initiative, see the New York Times online article.