From LOST AT E MINOR: New Art/ Cakeland Sculptures by Scott Hove

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October 3, 2012 | New Art | by   |

 

Self-taught Oakland based artist, Scott Hove, mixes his life-long interest in artificial food with his obsessions with the beautiful and brutal to create fantasy-like sculptural installations he calls, Cakeland. As he puts it: ‘All beautiful things are equipped with a defense mechanism’. Hove uses ‘fake cake’ as a medium.

It represents indulgence and celebration but also propels Hove’s idea that: ‘We are willing to tolerate the idea of something artificial to represent what we desire’. The sculptures are actually constructed out of a carvable polyurethane sculpting foam, shaped with Japanese woodcarving knives and rasps. They are then frosted and decorated with a variety of thickened acrylic gels, using traditional cake decorator tools and pastry bags. An assortment of mirrors, switchblades, taxidermy jaws and pills add the finishing touch of terrifying elegance.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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About Forest of Dreams

My family calls me the professional, perpetual student. I suppose they have a point, but if you have to be addicted to something, at least learning isn't usually hazardous to your health unless you spend all your living hours in the library or in a studio with toxic chemicals. When I am not on a quest for some arcane bit of information, I can be found at the front of a roomful of wonderful students-- sharing what my sister Kris called "the Fountain of Useless Knowledge". Or playing Ukulele, and sometimes doing both.... To contact me directly-- email bookarts@att.net

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