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Until is American artist Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date and his first major solo exhibition in Europe.
In Until - a play on the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’, or in this case ‘guilty until proven innocent’ - Cave addresses issues of gun violence, gun control policy, race relations, and gender politics in America - and its resonance across the world.
Originally displayed in Carriageworks, Sydney, this iteration of Until is specially designed for Tramway's vast main gallery. The spectacular installation comprises thousands of found objects, a dazzling array of textures and colours that draw us into his world. But the spectacle is underscored by serious intent.
Like Cave’s iconic Soundsuits, intricate costumes created in direct response to the video of Rodney King's brutal beating by police in 1991, Until situates his work in a political context of state violence, responding to the deaths of black men such as Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown.
‘I view this work as an elaborate community forum, as much as a work of sculpture.'
Cave has come to see himself as a messenger, endeavouring to coalesce communities and discuss important issues through the vibrancy and directness of his unique approach to sculpture.
Nick Cave: Until was originally curated by Denise Markonish & organized by MASS MoCA and co-produced with Carriageworks and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Principal exhibition support was provided by an anonymous gift. Major exhibition support was provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Jack Shainman Gallery, Marilyn and Larry Fields, BeadKraft, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.