Scott Hove has a new two-part show with KP Projects in Los Angeles, implementing both locations of the gallery. The first, debuting Sept. 1, is a “an immersive Pentagon Cake Infinity Chamber” at the gallery’s Chinatown pop-up. The other is a multimedia art showcase at the La Brea location, with complete with an altar-like bed with sant fuchsia sheets and artificial flowers styled in Hove’s typical blend of horror and deliciousness. “Last Ticket to the Beauty Train” is the title of the shows. Hove appears in “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose,” current running at the Crocker Art Museum.
First featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 12, and soon our “Turn The Page: The First Ten Tears of Hi-Fructose” retrospective at Virginia MOCA, Scott Hove is an unforgettable name for his decadent, yet nightmarish “Cakeland” series that includes snarling ‘taxidermied’ cakes and elaborate installations. But his works are more than just a sweet experience. Hove’s use of dualistic imagery in the cakes’ fangs, horns and switchblades are there to add psychological depth and force the viewer to choose how to integrate the dark elements into the lightness of the cake. For years, the Los Angeles based artist’s primary goal has been to make the experience as “satisfying” as possible, which makes his latest project all the more savory.
Scott Hove’s (Hi-Fructose Collected 3) art is much more than just three dimensional cake- it also tells story. His former studio in San Francisco, better known as “Cakeland”, featured a funhouse made of sweet, yet nightmarish cake sculptures. Now living and working in Los Angeles, Hove brings a piece of Cakeland to his current exhibition, “Pussy Jihad” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. This exhibit plays with opposing ideals in society, while taking a look at the ethos of masculinity and femininity.
In our latest “From Page to Screen” video, where we take a closer look at the studios and processes of artists previously featured in the print issues of Hi-Fructose, we go inside the Oakland studio of Scott Hove (Hi-Fructose Collected 3). Better known as Cakeland, Hove’s studio is a surreal space where Hove works among the site-specific installations that make his studio a veritable pastel-hued dream world with a sinister twist. In the video, Hove discusses the morbid aspects of his sculptural work, like the guns, fangs and bones that appear among the cherries and frosting, and his views on the cyclical nature of life. Watch the video and check out some photos from Cakeland after the jump.
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. Read more after the jump!
Known for his appetizing yet dangerous-looking sculptures, mixed-media artist Scott Hove will debut a new body of work at San Francisco’s Spoke Art this Thursday, May 2. Titled “Guns & Ecstasy,” Hove’s latest body of work was created with heavy topics borne in mind. Presenting candy-colored assault weapons decorated like extravagant birthday cakes, Hove uses the tension between the violent and tantalizing aspects of his work to probe issues surrounding America’s gun policies in light of the recent tragedies that have occurred around the country. In addition to the gun sculptures, Hove will debut an elaborate, labyrinthine installation. Take a look at a sneak peek at the installation and some shots from Hove’s studio courtesy of Francis Zera and check out the show at Spoke Art May 2- May 25. See more after the jump!