The immersive, multisensory installation at Hove’s new Cakeland HQ in Chinatown is a frosting-festooned maze which walks audiences through a sugary, baroque story of the ages-old struggle between light and darkness. Using the motif of fancy desserts in his signature style of overdone seductiveness, empty calories, dangerous pleasures, perverse luxury and ticklish hallucination, Hove explores the emotional aspects of tricks and treats.
The world has changed since Cakeland’s mid-March grand opening was postponed, but Hove’s ideas about pleasure and terror, consumption and access, and what makes inner and outer beauty are still on point. And in consideration of mandated single occupancy and social distancing, you’ll have even more cake for yourself. 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown; Open by ticketed appointment beginning July 17; $17; cakeland.la.