Susan Lenz

The "Strata Series" was inspired by the cross-sectional profiles of the earth. The resulting series was worked on water-soluble fabric in free motion machine embroidery. The series was SHORT LIVED. Thus, this blog is a place to BURY blog the cross-sectional profiles. It functions as a support area for my "main" blog which is Art in Stitches by Susan Lenz.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Nick Cave at the Halsey Institute

Yesterday I went to Charleston and visited the Halsey Institute.  It was amazing.  The statement below comes from the Institute's website.  (By the way, the photos were outstanding but I only took pictures of the Soundsuits!)  ENJOY THE PHOTOS!  ALL CAN BE ENLARGED!

The exhibition runs through June 26, 2010.

From the website:

Chicago artist Nick Cave creates costume/sculptures that he calls Soundsuits consisting of brightly colored fabrics, elaborate embroidery, beadwork, raffia and natural materials. Phyllis Galembo's photographic portraits feature masqueraders from the West African countries of Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Call and Response: Africa to America / The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo pairs the work of these two uniquely American artists, each of whom explores the contours of West African masquerade through their art.  This exhibition highlights the role of ritual traditions within the formation of cultural identity.  While Galembo's intriguing photographs document actual masquerade performers in elaborate "costume," Nick Cave's Soundsuits offer a poetic response incorporating a cornucopia of natural and cultural elements rich in associative possibilities.


  • At June 12, 2010 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Ellen Kochansky said...

    Fantastic documentation, of a world-class artist. Thank you, Susan, for your skilled eye and thorough posting. I feel like I was there, and wish I could have been!

  • At June 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    Saw this the Saturday after the opening when Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo were there for artists talks. Galembo's photos are amazing as well. Get down there to see this-these sorts of opportunities (to see an international artist such as Cave in SC) don't come along very often 'round these parts!!!

  • At June 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM , Blogger Cal Ling said...

    Excellent documenting....thank-you, thank-you.....were they playing any music in the gallery ?

  • At June 13, 2010 at 9:08 AM , Blogger MosaicMagpie said...

    Wow! Thank you for posting those photos. When an experience to be in the midst of all that creativity, it must have been. I love the beaded Easter baskets and the bird man. Now I have to start collecting more doillies. Thanks again.

  • At June 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM , Blogger norma said...

    These are amazing! It would have been great to see them in person. Lucky you!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Blogger SONYASPHERE said...



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