Have you guys ever been to Think Tank Gallery? It’s this little gem hidden away in the Garment District of Downtown Los Angeles. Sandwiched between tiny stores that are packed with bolts of fabric, you’ll find this gallery tucked away upstairs at 939 Maple Ave. It’s tough to find your first time, but definitely worth the trek through downtown, especially since it’s been home to the Break Bread installation these last several weeks.
Break Bread is an art installation by artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son, who’ve managed to create a space that feels like you’re walking through the various compartments of your imagination. There’s cake, but also nightmares… guns with frosting, teeth and knives… in platform shoes. You stand in a room that transitions between fire and rain. It’s rad and romantic and creepy all at this same time.
Baker’s Son was actually at the exhibit when I visited – he sat in a watercolor ice cream truck he designed, just working away on new pieces. It was such a pleasure meeting him in person. And yes, he really is the son of a baker. He was so down to earth and told us about the inspiration behind his works as we nosily asked him a ton of questions. He grew up in D.C. and lives here in Los Angeles now. He had these beautiful, nostalgic watercolor illustrations of anything and everything from his childhood. Stuff like a melted ice cream sandwich – the kind with the soggy chocolate graham crackers and the pink, white and brown neapolitan ice cream inside. I loved that he celebrated these very ordinary things that were so big and prevalent to some of us growing up. It was all very charming. And there was darkness to his work that made it feel raw and real. This is the last week to see the Break Bread installation at Think Tank Gallery. I love finding unique things to do in LA, that are also free. Definitely worth seeing. I hope you guys find inspiration in this and get to check it out this weekend before it all disappears. <3