Nick Cave: Until at Tramway

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Photos and words: Lorna Irvine

Nick Cave, the Chicago based artist and activist (not to be confused with the Antipodean legend) has crafted an incredible exhibition here.

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Using found objects and ephemera, such as ceramics, crocheted blankets and threads, his references are folk art, crafts and kitsch, but there is seemingly a serious subtext to the work: that by focusing on the shiny, beautiful things, we are distracted by the bigger picture. His work also tackles racism, colonialism and brutality.

It’s an extraordinary achievement, a dazzling forest with a kinetic energy, and well worth catching. It runs at Tramway until the end of November.

At Tramway until November 24th. Open 12-5 pm daily. Free entry.

http://www.tramway.org

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