Medium:9 Color Lithograph
Mostly black and white print of a man, tilted backwards, face completely covered with colored flowers. Background near top of image has an intricate black and white lace-like design.
On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was beaten by Las Angeles Police Department officers after a high-speed chase during his arrest for drunk driving on I-210. As a response to the beatings, artist Nick Cave began to a "Soundsuits," sculptures that surreally that blend fashion and sculpture. The first series originated as metaphorical suits of armor and have evolved into objects of empowerment. By fully concealing the body, the suits serve as a second skin, completely obscuring the race, gender and class of the wearer. Working together Cave and his studio director Bob Faust, an artist who often works in typography, created this print that continues the idea of finding beauty and equality in the unidentifiable. The proceeds from sales of this print will benefit the Art for Justice Fund which invests in artists and advocates dedicated to ending mass incarceration and the racial bias that fuels it, the Facility Foundation, and directly support EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Initiatives 2020 fall programming, presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI).