I am in awe of creative artists. I’m talking about the artist who is willing to break boundaries. The ones that challenge us to widen our own view. It’s not only their vision I admire but their bravery. And while I’m talking about admiration, I also admire those who become a part of the vision. The people who make sure we have the opportunity to share in the creative endeavor.
Chicago artist and sculpture Nick Cave is exactly the kind of creative artist I am talking about. I’ve never met Nick Cave but I’d love to. Mr. Cave isn’t a household name celebrity like others that come quickly to mind but his body of work is exciting, provocative, and appealing. Born to a large family of modest means in Central Missouri and raised by a single mother, he began to create art out of found objects at an early age. He received his degree in art from the Kansas City Art Institute and later his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Trained as a dancer by Alvin Ailey, Nick Cave has combined his visual art with his love of movement into renowned performance art.
I first encountered Cave’s work in 2010 at an exhibit at UCLA’s Fowler Museum called “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.” It defied description. Later I saw this blurb from the Seattle Museum of Art: “AMAZING creations that spring out of Nick Cave’s imagination. Cave calls them Soundsuits. We call them a beautiful, joyous, EXUBERANT, colorful opportunity to explore an ALTERNATIVE WORLD which challenges conventions and inspires new ways of thinking.”
Nick Cave has done it again. This time it’s dancing horses and the venue is Grand Central Station! I not only salute Nick Cave but also the Alvin Ailey dancers, the public arts group Creative Time and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit for “stopping us in our tracks.” As the New York Times says, “Watch out for horses on your way to the train.”