4/3: Scott Hove “Pussy Jihad” Studio Visit and Preview

Studio Visit and Preview
Scott Hove – “Pussy Jihad”
Also showing – Dr. Paul Koudonaris “Memento Mori”
April 3 – 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

840Scott Hove moved to Los Angeles from Oakland in August. “I came to LA to make my biggest art dreams happen” says the artist – he currently resides and works out of a very large warehouse space on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles with his dog Kona, his bunny Bugsy, and cat, Lil’ Squeak.

Scott Hove is a primarily self-taught artist. His ‘Cakeland’ sculptures integrate dualistic themes in a highly theatrical manner, using traditional cake decorating techniques in sculptures and installations to describe a world of implied comfort and threat. His work has been featured on the Food Network and on several travel and gourmet programs.

Scott’s works encompasses a broad variety of media, from sculptural installations to painting, but the cakes are formed using carvable polyurethane foam and plywood. They are frosted with a variety of acrylic media and accessorized with fake fruit and other objects found in stores or on the street. The materials and techniques borrow from traditional and decorative arts and craft to render the oftentimes jarring objects and fantasy installations.

Hove’s co-opting of kitsch is elevated through satire, allowing him to integrate topical political and social issues as textual messages in a thought-provoking rather than offensive manner.

 

“Pussy Jihad” statement
In popular straight male culture, to be labeled with the misogynist term ‘Pussy’ is one of the ultimate emasculating insults a man can receive. In religious fundamentalist culture, Pussy must be marginalized, shamed, circumcised, hidden, and minimalized under the threat of death. The term ‘Pussy’ in the title of this show is used both literally and as metaphor. ‘Pussy’ in this context will represent the peak positive expressions of the feminine… kindness, lush beauty, intimate pleasure, the promise of the everlasting.

The title of the show ‘Pussy Jihad’ points out the ultimately cowardly ethos behind the religious fundamentalist position, using Pussy as an explosive weapon. Those who destroy lives, culture, and nature behind the moral facade of religion are pussies. This unforgiving and sad morality must be destroyed via Pussy Jihad.

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