ARTIST TURNS GALLERY INTO THOUGHT-PROVOKING CAKE WALK
Following a series of tragedies that have seen gun control become a major topic in American conversation, installation artist and mixed-media sculptor Scott Hove takes a fresh perspective on the discussion with his new exhibit, Guns and Ecstasy, which runs until May 25th at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The work is as much about the inherent danger in attractive things as it is a way to provoke alternative thought on a now-overbearing conversation - artificial frosting with fake oranges, cherries, and strawberries crowding the halls. The fact that beautiful things are equipped with defense mechanisms, and the relationship that creates with predators was a major driving factor for Hove, who also had this to say:
"Why then, to use an absurd media like fake cake to describe such a story? We all love cake and what it signifies. Celebration. Important occasion. Indulgence. Reward. It is fortunate for myself and my sculptures that our minds are highly suggestive, and that we are willing to tolerate the idea of something artificial to represent what we desire. The representation itself becomes that which is most desirable. These sculptures celebrate the beauty, rapaciousness and absurdity we all participate in."