Brad Pitt and Nick Cave team up as sculptors thanks to Thomas Housego

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The relationship between actor Brad Pitt and singer Nick Cave was created by their mutual friend, British artist Thomas Housago, who invited them to participate in the “Our” exhibition at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Finland. Opened last Sunday.

Housago, famous for its plaster, rebar, bronze and wood sculptures. In this exhibition, he presents new paintings, an unusual form of work for him, sculptures made of mahogany and plaster. It includes a series of ceramics created by musician and writer Nick Cave and sculptures created by actor Brad Pitt. This is the first time Cave and Pitt have exhibited their work through their ongoing interaction with HouseGo.

While individual authorship is retained, the presentation of all works under a collective title reflects the interconnected nature of the works and their creators. “WE is an open concept that encourages new ways of thinking about artistic creation and the role of the solo artist, rather than just ideas born from one writer. Housego sees WE as a symbol of all forms of art and with whom she can connect creatively,” the museum said in a statement. Houseago launched its We project with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt but hopes it can “expand”.

The artworks of the three artists represent the phases of formation, transformation and change of time. Nick Cave’s book is called The Devil is Life and is a narrative series of 15 to 50 cm tall glazed ceramic figurines that depict the life of the Devil in 17 stages, from innocence to facing his death as an experience. This is the first major body of visual work by Kev, who will be crafting, painting and enameling from 2020 to 2022. Aesthetically, the series references the Victorian Staffordshire flatback figurines of which he is a collector.

In 2020, Cave and Housego had already reached a “reformation deal” in which Nick promised to write him a song in exchange for Thomas.

This is the first time Nick Cave has publicly shown his plastic work. Just like Brad Pitt. Later contributions are various sculptures. One of them is a plaster panel depicting a shooting scene (self-inflicted wound at home, self-inflicted wound at home), it is cast over several impressions of human bodies and houses, cast in transparent silicone, which were shot. Ammunition of various calibres, reveals their path and freezes the frame of the destructive movement. The second work is called House A-Go-Go (2017) and consists of 46 cm high wooden cutouts, the first work he created.

Titles of other works, nine in total, “Aiming at you, I saw me, but this time too late” (“Aiming at you, I saw me, but this time too late”), created in the same year; A slave to our vices; Candles for near and buried needs. The museum did not provide an image of Brad Pitt’s work. “I took a radical inventory of myself and thought about what harm I had done to others and how many times I had done wrong,” Pitt told Finnish television YLE.

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