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When: Sept. 4-25 2009

Kurt Schwitters' famous environmental artwork, "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery," it is not, but Scott Hove's "Cakeland" is a descendant of that pioneering Dadaist work, destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in World War II. Both installations entail obsessive labor, and mix seriousness and satire. Hove's cakes are made of scavenged cardboard boxes painted pastry-box or Pepto-Bismol pink and ornamented with rosettes and swags of faux icing (joint compound or acrylic gel); they are stacked like igloo ice blocks into labyrinthine walls that surround an ornate chapel or chamber (which was separately exhibited at the San Jose Museum recently). Visitors, once beyond the fanged-cake demon sentries lurking amid the rococo pastry-gun fripperies and plastic fruit, can meditate on final rewards and just deserts. Reception September 4, 6-10 p.m. (let there be cake). "Cakeland"runs through September 25 at Cakeland Gallery (5600 Shattuck Ave., Oakland). or 510-495-4185 (call for hours).

DeWitt Cheng

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