Lingering Monsters

Artist’s “soundsuits” put run-of-the-mill beasties to shame

By the time artist Nick Cave steps to the podium at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts tonight for an in-person discussion and showcase of his “soundsuits,” the season’s run-of-the-mill ghosts and goblins will have packed it in ’til 2010. But Cave’s creations are as monstrously cool as any of the hideous creatures we saw lurching down Mill Avenue on All Hallows. The humongous works from Cave’s traveling exhibit “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth” (on display at nearby Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art) sprout heavy coats of fluorescent-colored fur and shoulder elaborate headdresses of thrift-store bric-a-brac. Watch as each suit made of raffia, millions of buttons, old vintage metal toys, or long fur swooshes, scrapes, clanks, and clonks as the performers wiggle around on stage.
Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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