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The Nick Cave Effect

Nick Cave
Jack Shainman

Cave creates a space of memorial by combining found historical objects with a contemporary dialogue on gun violence and death inflicted both by and within the black community. Large-scale installations include towers of welded magnifying glasses penetrating a sea of blackened hands, while wooden busts are encased within clusters of furniture indicative of colonial class structures. Cave magnifies the individuals behind what so frequently is deemed “black on black” crime, forcing viewers to reconcile disinterest in resolution with the myopic vantage point often taken towards Black America. Conceptually reminiscent of Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon prison, Cave’s sculptures make clear that our society’s self-orientations serve a similar purpose of population control. JackSainman.com


If a tree falls

@ Jack Shainman

524 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011

November 1st – December 22nd, 2018

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