Scott Hove - Cakeland. Birthdays just got a whole lot better.

The Cakeland concept began in about 2005.

Experimenting with new media, especially decorative media not normally associated with fine art, is part of my search as a sculptor to keep my hands interested and to deliver my message with a clear impact. This body of work is a result of self-education, a lifelong interest in artificial food and objects, and an obsession with the relationship between the beautiful and the brutal.

Chocolate Beast Detail
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Polyurethane Foam, 2012

All beautiful things are equipped with a defense mechanism, to protect against the predations of those who seek to possess. The mechanizations of the predator also have a terrifying elegance. The two working together tell a very old story, and are the basis of many archetypes.

Self Objectification Strategy
Modified Stripper Shoes and Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable, 2012

Scream Cake
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Polyurethane Foam, 20" x 11" x 11", 2010

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.

Cakeland Detail, Dudley Gallery, San Francisco, 2004

The cakes are typically constructed out of a carveable polyurethane sculpting foam, which is shaped with handheld 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. They are then accessorized with assorted media: mirrors, switchblades, taxidermy jaws, pills… some are purchased, some are found on the street near my studio in Oakland.

Humid Affections
Acrylic and Mixed media on Polyurethane Foam, 8 x 9 x 9", 2012

The Installations are either constructed as permanent or temporary structures, and generally utilize cardboard, theatrical lighting, full length mirrors, hand-made chandeliers, and whatever else is available on hand that could lend itself well to the atmosphere.

Trophy
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Polyurethane Foam, 18" x 15" x 16", 2007

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Comment by Ann Davis on April 15, 2014 at 11:36am

Amazing!!! Who's eating who?? hahahah Makes me want to stand up and cheer!!! Beyond brilliant!!!

Comment by 2Roses on April 12, 2014 at 10:16am

Anything that can be expressed with the words "rapacious absurdity" gets our vote. Brilliant work.

Comment by Atelier Hg on April 11, 2014 at 4:42pm

Agreed!  It's a wonderful way of commenting on our obsession with all things gluttonous and "consumptionism".  The use of taxidermied jaws holds a mirror up to that in a way. 

Comment by Brigitte Martin on April 11, 2014 at 7:46am

Thank you, Ezra. Glad you like this work too. I felt kinship. Scott had me at "These sculptures celebrate the beauty, rapaciousness and absurdity we all participate in." Well put. 

Comment by Atelier Hg on April 11, 2014 at 6:53am

These are truly incredible, fantastic, captivating! Another great pick Brigitte!!

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