If you have a sweet tooth for art, then you would have craved artspace’s mainspace exhibition, Cakeland, showcasing seven Cakeland sculptures and an installation by California artist, Scott Hove, co-curated by Matt Kennedy and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.  The focal point of the exhibition was a large installation created through a two week residency engaging artists, cake decorators and students from our community.  The sculptures were formed using carvable rigid polyurethane foam and plywood, while the installation was constructed of cardboard, plywood, and found objects that have a suitable form. Both were frosted with a variety of acrylic media, using traditional cake decorating tools, and accessorized with fake fruit and other objects.

Scott Hove shares, “Cakeland is a series of sculptures and installations resembling perfect delicious cakes-- wall mounted, hanging and standing--and walk-through cake environments complete with their own lighting.  The sculptures have all of the appeal of the best cake you have ever tasted, but can never be eaten. The nature of edible cake is fleeting, lasting only as long as the brief celebration it was made for. These cakes will last as long as the artist or society have the wherewithal to preserve them.”

Born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, Scott Hove considers himself a primarily self-taught artist. His work encompasses a broad variety of media, from sculptural installations to painting and reflect on the relationship between the natural world and mechanical civilization, and the drama that occurs during this interaction. The materials and techniques he uses borrow from traditional and decorative arts and craft to render the oftentimes jarring objects and fantasy installations.  He lives and works in Oakland, CA.  Scott’s work has been seen at galleries along the west coast, including CoproGallery, Jack London Square, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery and featured in the popular publicationsHiFructose Magazine andBoingBoing.  In February, he can be seen on the Cooking Channel’s Cakes & Cookies:  Food(ography).

January 20