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Scott Hove | Mortal Machine Art Gallery | New Orleans

Scott Hove was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. He considers himself a primarily self-taught artist.

His work encompasses a broad variety of media, from sculptural installations to painting. These works reflect on the relationship between the natural world and mechanical civilization, and the drama that occurs during this interaction. The materials and techniques borrow from traditional and decorative arts and craft to render the oftentimes jarring objects and fantasy installations.

Scott Hove made a name for himself with his outlandish and unique take on contemporary sculpture. His twisted and freakish cake decorations are the envy of all bakeries and cupcake shops. Hung just above eye level and mounted on taxidermy plaques, the works — which are sculpted from acrylic and decorated with what seems like found objects, party favors and hand made things — look good enough to eat. The sculptures would be nearly indistinguishable from wedding and birthday cakes if not for their decorations, which include fake gemstones, bullhorns, dolls, and knives. Some of the sculptures have model animal jaws, complete with teeth and tongues, some look like female sex organs, others are weapons. Several pieces contain spikes and things that would cause harm if brushed against or touched. These works are a study of macabre edibles.