Just a word of advice here - this is not Nick Cave, the well-known Australian singer! A friend of mine actually went to this exhibition without reading the details and was disappointed by the fact that it wasn't the singer.
If you know what to expect then you will not be disappointed. Until is full of shimmering crystals in the form of massive chandeliers, thousands of wind spinners and ceramic birds, millions of plastic beads, 17 black-face 'lawn jockeys', 13 gilded pigs and a crocodile and more. It is an amazing installation full of colour, wonderful artefacts and the magic of whirling circles.
Nick Cave is an American artist who tells stories with his art installations. The stories have a political bend and provide a thought-provoking exhibition. Nick Cave is best known to Sydneysiders for HEARD·SYD, the joyous flash mob of dancing horses of 2016. And now, as part of the Sydney Festival, he is back. While the Sydney Festival runs from 9-27 January 2019, Nick Cave's Until finishes on March 3rd, 2019.
Until ("Innocent until proven guilty, guilty until proven innocent") is the result of four years of painstaking artistry; a work of overwhelming detail, sumptuous beauty and stark images to stop you in your tracks. The installations speak of and to the urgent issues of gun violence, police brutality, race and gender in America. Until provides many themes and aspects for discussion and being exhibited in the large space that is Carriageworks is ideal for this purpose and as Cave explains "I view this work as an elaborate community forum, as much as a work of sculpture," it is more than just an art exhibition.
Carriageworks, in case you have not been, is a wonderful multifunctional, multi-arts space for events, performances, exhibitions and the Saturday Farmers' Market. It is housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards at Wilson Street, located within the emerging Redfern Waterloo precinct. It has retained a distinctive nineteenth-century industrial atmosphere of the former railway carriage and blacksmith workshops, with many heritage iron and brick details featured in the regeneration of the building. Spending time in this space and appreciating the history of it is something locals and visitors should include in their must-do list.