I truly have no idea how I find out about events sometimes. Sometimes events just jump out at me and the intrigue of what something is really about draw me in. Enter Cakeland by artist Scott Hove, featuring an artwork collaboration with Keith Magruder aka Baker’s son and Break Bread, a programming series that hosted multiple events at Think Tank Gallery.
Cakeland was a sculpture installation in collaboration with Break Bread, a programming series of events. The installation was comprised of cake sculptures and artwork in 7000 sq ft. of the Think Tank Gallery in the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles. Cakes usually evoke happy feelings for most occasions, that’s why they are used to celebrate almost everything. But these cake sculptures were unlike any I had ever seen; some were quite scary and looked as though they would actually bite back.
The cake sculptures were made from a variety of materials that best suited Scott Hove’s ideas. And to add an extra bit of darkness to the cakes, he included some Texas longhorns, wolf’s teeth, switchblades and other accoutrements.
Also, Baker’s son featured beautiful and poignant artwork featuring watercolors that invoked thoughts of childhood but could invoke an adult conversation.
The Break Break series included multiple themed dining experiences, including brunch, Drink Cake Drake, a dessert and drink menu inspired by Drake, the rapper and his lyrics, a drawing session, an after party featuring an adaptation of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and a West African dinner with the option of marijuana-infused dishes, among many other events. Unfortunately I was only able to go to two of them, but I wish I could’ve gone to quite a few of them because they all seemed really interesting and not your typical events.
One of the events I went to was the Bang Bang Brunch by chef Becky Reams with one of my BFF’s, Gloria. The Think Tank gallery was beautifully decorated and set up for quite the experience. We were allowed one glass of champagne, but somehow we finagled another one or two from the bartender. There were four courses and for me, the avocado toast was the winner, which was odd because I’m not a big fan of avocado. Did you know that it is California’s state fruit? I digress. The avocado just seemed to compliment the toast so well without being overwhelming. One of the courses also included grits. Yeah, I have a really hard time eating grits in California that either 1) I didn’t make myself or 2) are cooked in California. So, the pimento grits sounded amazing, but they were just okay to me, a G.R.I.T.S. (girl raised in the South) girl. I had to use that acronym in this exact way because I’m corny like that sometimes. Anyway, for someone unfamiliar with grits, it was probably great, but I don’t need my grits to be fancy, just good. Everything else was really good and I’d probably go back to a pop-up brunch again by this chef.
I have to say though, that when I heard about this crazy, but cool installation, I imagined a gallery that smelled of frosting and warm cakes looking good enough to eat. That was partially true because the fact was that these cakes were inviting but in a frightening way. I know this doesn’t make sense, but I was both intrigued and repulsed at the same time, which was what the artist was trying to evince-duality. I actually think that scenting the cakes (or gallery) with a warm cake or cake batter scent would have further enriched the duality of the installation. But that’s my introverted mind’s imagination running away we me. If I ever meet this artist, I may suggest it because I’m sure he’d really appreciate my two cents or perhaps encourage me to ride Slayer.
Have you been to any really interesting art galleries or seen any installations that really made you think? If so, what did they entail?