“If a Tree Falls”
New York, 524 West 24th Street
The new exhibition by artist Nick Cave ( B.1959) If a Tree Falls explores a crucial underlying component of personal and collective states – the state of the American nation.
Cave creates a space of memorial through 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. The artist encourages a profound and compassionate analysis of violence and its effects.