Art Party

SAM Remix: Nick Cave Edition

Cocktails, music, highly opinionated gallery tours, and furry suits that look like Koosh balls—at this week’s SAM Remix.

By Allyson Marrs May 31, 2011

A little wacky. A whole lot of creativity.

Photo courtesy SAM

There’s only five days left to journey to Nick Cave’s Center of the Earth before the show closes at Seattle Art Museum. Celebrate the artist and his fun sculptural “soundsuits” at SAM’s uberpopular Remix party this Friday at 8pm.

Cave’s soundsuits are costumes made from materials like twigs, gum-wrapper chains, bike reflectors, and stuffed animals. Worn by Seattle-area dancers (including Spectrum Dance Theater and Cornish college), the suits bring to life a mythical world where crazy chic is in. One suit places its wearer in a birdcage that is itself adorned with a variety of bird species, from an eagle to a cardinal (see the awesome image at left).

Simply put, Cave’s art is a whole lot of fun. The coolest part? Each suit is just so different. And the exuberant eccentricity of the suits adds to the joyfulness of the experience.

We are dying to see what it’s like to swill absinthe amid them. Remixers are encouraged to be creative with their dress: The first 50 guests wearing faux fur get in FREE.

SAM Remix is Friday, June 3 from 8pm to midnight.

Highlights include:
-Beats by DJ Supreme La Rock (8–11:45)
-Entertainment: The last soundsuit performance by Spectrum Dance Theater performers (8:30, 9:30, 10:30) and contemporary dancer Josephine Echopraxia (9, 9:45, 11); and poetry by Storme Webber (8:45, 10)
-“Highly opinionated tours” of the gallery with Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd, 2008 Betty Bowen Award–winning artist Isaac Layman, and others
-Costume making (8–11:45)
-Taste restaurant will be open until midnight.

Tickets will sell out fast so get yours now at Ages 18 and over; $20 general admission, $12 members, $15 students.

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