Nick Cave Planning Vast North Chicago Studio

A selection of Nick Cave Soundsuits at Mary Boone in 2011. Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

Artist Nick Cave, he of the Soundsuits, is planing to turn a 23,000-square-foot building in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood into a vast live-work studio complex with storefront spaces devoted to a rotating set of special projects and pop-up galleries, DNAinfo reports. The building, located at 3622 North Milwaukee Avenue, is currently zoned for manufacturing activities, but Cave is petitioning the local community for a commercial zoning. His efforts seem to be paying off.

“We’ve been talking up this area of the city for decades,” said Old Irving Park Association president Anna Zolkowski Sobor. “You’ll find us very welcoming and also very appreciative.”

Cave’s plan calls for living and studio space for himself, a studio for frequent collaborator and designer Bob Faust, and a trio of storefront spaces that could host pop-up exhibitions or stores, performances, projections, and other activities. This creative attraction appears welcome in a community whose industrial activities have been steadily declining.

“As you’re going to work, there may be 20 ‘horses’ running down the street that I’ve fabricated,” Cave hypothesized. “We may be working with video artists and you could see their videos from the street.”

Cave plans to move into the building between one year and 18 months from now.

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