Nick Cave makes me feel like I'm in a heady dream, one where I'm surrounded by maturated Dr. Seuss characters who beckon me to join in a jubilant drum circle of fur and feathers. But these monstrous creatures are very real.
Fashioned from found objects, the artist's celebrated "Soundsuits" have made Cave famous, but they are only a small part of his plan for Atlanta. At Ponce City Market, a multi-disciplinary development in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in the city's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, he will perform “Up Right Atlanta,” which will be the most financially ambitious exhibition commissioned by public arts organization Flux Projects to date. Cave’s performance is expected to be a public relations feeding frenzy.
"Back at my studio," He says, "I have a journal with about thirty performances that I want to pursue. This became an amazing opportunity for me to present this piece. Flux..." Cave pauses. "They just get it. It’s important for me to come to a city and get a vibe for where the piece will transpire."
Via six free performances (featuring contributions from noted choreographer T. Lang) Cave intends to depict the ceremonial rite of passage for seven locally-chosen initiates, a story he will tell through moving sculptures "as a celebration of the initiate's individual journey." Sounds fabulously weird, doesn't it?