Trevor Smith on Nick Cave: Transcript

In the video Bunny Boy, we see a darkened space lit by a single spotlight. Artist Nick Cave, dressed in a pink bunny suit, moves slowly, cautiously, sometimes seductively. He skirts the spotlight moving in and out of shadow as if he’s uncertain of the consequences of his visibility.

Watching this from a narrowing darkened corridor, I get the uncanny sensation that I am seeing something that is both real and imaginary. Even the moments when he steps fully into the spotlight, it feels like I’m watching something private, even secret.

When Cave began making his works in the early 1990s, he likened them to suits of armor so it’s remarkable to see here the artist’s powerful black torso exposed.

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