If you thought our article earlier this week with guns and porcelain was an odd combination… how about guns and cake? San Francisco artist Scott Hove has been making unusual cake based sculptures as part of his Cakeland series since back in 2005. From high heels to taxidermy, he has given the fantastic frosting-coated treatment to a diverse range of subjects – even including entire art spaces. Now, for his show “Guns and Ecstasy,” Hove has turned his talents toward firearms and in particular assault rifles. It’s an appropriate topic as the debate on gun legality continues to rage in the US after a shocking amount of recent school shootings.
Perhaps calling his latest works “cake” is a bit of a stretch. In fact, his sculptures are re-purposed assault rifles that have been frosted with a variety of thickened acrylic gels, using traditional cake decorator tools and pastry bags.
“For this series of sculptures, I have chosen to give the hyper-masculinized aesthetic of the assault weapon a forced-feminization in the form of pretty cake decoration, and in the process deconstructed the paranoia aesthetic. I have also constructed a cake-disco-ecstasy-infinity chamber, the purpose of which is to offer a space to surrender one’s paranoia fantasy to an experience of the ecstatic, thereby bringing the viewer back to a pre-paranoia state of being. It should also be noted that with these and all of my previous works, the distinction between safety and paranoia is never totally clear… good luck in making the right choice!”
You can see the exhibition, running from May 2 to May 25 at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco. See examples of his one-person-at-a-time “cake-disco-ecstasy-infinity chamber” below, as well as examples from his previous taxidermy based work. See mshove.com for more exquisite frosting covered delights.
Below, examples from Hove’s previous shows.