Los Angeles Tom Neely was several months into adapting the Nick Cave book “And the Ass Saw the Angel” when his process was halted by an unfortunate discovery. Instead, his work is now “Birds of Death” at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena. Also known as “A Graphic Novel on Walls,” this is the first and last show of his unused illustrations. A statement explains what happened with the project:
Artist Nick Cave, known for his famed “Sound Suits,” currently has taken over MASS MoCA with his massive installation “Until.” Just the numbers involved are astounding: more than 10 miles of crystals, 25 chandeliers, a crocodile, 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys, 13 gilded pigs, 16,000 wind spinners, millions of beads, and additionally, thousands of ceramics objects (animals and fruits, mostly). Yet, assembled, the piece tackles bigger questions than its contents would make viewers assume.