Last Thursday, Scott Hove opened his solo show “Guns & Ecstasy” at San Francisco’s Spoke Art, unveiling a mesmerizing installation that transports the viewer into an mystical, confectionary world that loops into infinity. When the viewer steps into the large, powder-blue wooden box and closes the door, he or she is immersed in decadent cake architecture reflected in a series of angled mirrors. The dizzying effect is only amplified by a shiny disco ball spinning on the ceiling and the lush, fake roses lining the walls. Always testing our instincts for distinguishing real from artificial, Hove seeks to give his viewers a surreal, fairytale experience that overloads the senses.
Aside from the immersive installation, Hove debuted a new series of assault weapon sculptures created in light of recent the shootings and gun violence in the United States. The glamorized weapons appear weakened, stripped of their power and presented as decadent fetish objects. Take a look at some photos from the opening night of “Guns & Ecstasy” by Shaun Roberts and check out the show through May 25.
Jennybird Alcantara, Scott Hove and Isabel Samaras
Chuck Sperry and Scott Hove