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Laura Mott

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    Now through the fall, Detroit will become the backdrop for artist Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date, including seven months of events and his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, all funded by the Knight Arts Challenge. Here Cranbrook Curator Laura Mott writes about the launch of Cave’s exhibit at the museum, including his signature embellished costumes known as Soundsuits, which will be on display through Oct. 11. Photo credits: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com Nick Cave: Here Hear lived up to its celebratory title last weekend with the exhibition opening at Cranbrook Art Museum, the launch of the publication Nick Cave: Greetings From Detroit, the film screening at the historic Redford Theatre, and performances at The Artist Village. Whew!  Thanks to you Detroit, it was downright incredible. The soundsuit invasion photo shoots we staged last spring with Detroit-based photographer Corine Vermeulen are now exquisitely compiled into the large format postcard book Nick Cave: Greetings From Detroit — offering portraits of Cave’s soundsuits in Detroit that complement the city’s ingenuity, creativity and energy. Also along for the photo shoots were Detroit-based filmmakers Jamin Townsley and Andrew Miller, known as The Right Brothers. They have created an extraordinary video composition of the soundsuits in motion and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that is currently on display in the Museum’s “Map In Action” room – a gallery devoted to tracking the project’s reach into the city of Detroit. The video composition is a masterpiece in its own right, and will continue to grow in length and content as the upcoming performances are staged. The amazing quality of both speaks to the creative talent that exists in our city.
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    Now through the fall, Detroit will become the backdrop for artist Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date, including seven months of events and his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, all funded by the Knight Arts Challenge. Here Cranbrook Curator Laura Mott writes about Cave’s first stop in the city, where he traveled around the city in his signature embellished costumes known as Soundsuits. Everywhere he goes, artist Nick Cave brings with him explosions of energy, color and creative force. Last week, we got our first taste of what the project “Nick Cave: Here Hear” is bringing to Detroit this year. Cranbrook Art Museum and Nick Cave staged the first round of Soundsuit Invasion Photo Shoots in locations around Detroit. The resulting photographs will create an extra-large postcard book titled “Nick Cave: Greetings From Detroit.” The book will feature Nick Cave in Soundsuits at each location, with photography by Detroiter Corine Vermeulen and designed by Bob Faust.