Alien Mythology, a Pile of 2,000 Pancakes & More in an Art Installation at Soho House
You may know Swedish director Andreas Nilsson's work from music videos for Moby, Miike Snow, MGMT and Royksopp (plus the upcoming Yeasayer one featuring Kristen Bell), but his roots are in painting and sculpture. Last night at the private members-only Soho House in West Hollywood, he took over a couple of rooms with Furlined and Flux to install a tribute to backwoods mythology.
"It's a celebration of utopia," said Nilsson of the 1961 story about Joe Simonton, a chicken farmer in Wisconsin who had a close encounter with another kind. "When I read about it, I was just so attached to the story."
As Nilsson explains: "The aliens looked like Italians and gave him four pancakes, which was his only proof of what he experienced." No one really believed him and pancakes were apparently terrible.
For the installation, entitled The Church of Pancakes, Nilsson used 2,150 pancakes to create the illusion of a seven-foot high pile. Next to it a completely nude actor playing Simonton in a glass case with a couple pancakes on his body. In another room are the Church of Pancake's two saints -- one carrying Bommel, a deformed lamb -- who sing for 17-minutes every 24 minutes.
In all, a very dark and abstract experience, but one to gawk at with curiosity.