Photo by Melissa Roldan The burnt carcass of Mozart serenades the crowd at the opening of Andreas Nilsson’s The Church of Pancakes
- Name: Andreas Nilsson’s The Church of Pancakes
- Date: Thursday August 5, 2010
- Location: Soho House West Hollywood
- Who was there: Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Mathew Cullen (Motion Theory), Nash Edgerton, kozyndan, Brandon Martinez (ColourMovie), Keith Schofield, Cat Solen, Spencer Susser, Alexei Tylevich (Logan).
- What was served:: Smoked salmon pancake sandwich; Zucchini & feta pancakes; Sweet potato, pulled pork & kimchi pancakes; Rainbow stacked pancakes (of course)
While waiting for the valet to retrieve my car from the posh Soho House West Hollywood’s parking structure after artist and director Andreas Nilsson’s Church of Pancakes installation last week, my friend and I noticed a man who was a bit older and more dressed down than the crowd of 30- and 40-somethings who were just arriving for a late night high above the town. But what made the man really stand out was the grimy residue on his face. It was only when we saw the black painted fingernails that we instantly realized he had been part of the installation that Flux and Furlined had just shown upstairs, in which the man performed the role of Mozart’s burnt carcass, displaying his black nails as he sat in a cage playing the music of Hans Appelqvist and Chris de Burgh.
Photo by Melissa Roldan Andreas Nilsson’s singing Bommel also stars in his Yeasayer video
To describe Nilsson’s incredibly fun, quirky, creepy and sweet-smelling art to anyone in that parking lot who was not one of the many indoctrinated Church attendees would have sounded like a list of out-of-context encounters, which would actually serve the alien-themed event well. Upstairs, a cloaked and hooded entity occupied a second cage in the room with Mozart. He or she (the face wasn’t exposed) held Bommel, a creature that Nilsson created for his new Yeasayer video in the image of a deformed lamb the artist’s friend delivered while living in the Outer Hebrides. All three caged characters bore the quality of unknown entities, taking the place of the aliens who landed on Earth in 1961 to offer a farmer a stack of four pancakes and later inspire Nilsson to build his Church.
Photo by Melissa Roldan Six foot high mountain of pancakes towers over Kozy of kozyndan
The main installation was a gigantic mound of pancakes that filled the better part of a room, both in width and height. It took a heap of adult restraint for some viewers to not sneak a taste of the art – or to dive into the softness. After circling the alien gifts, viewers happened upon a man lying nude in a glass case, his face and other notable parts covered by – you guessed it – pancakes.
Photo by Melissa Roldan Andreas Nilsson with the corpse of farmer Joe Simonton
This surveillance video of the Church of Pancakes was broadcast throughout the Soho House
Those who withheld eating the art (which of course was not fresh off the stove) found their reward upon reaching the lounge. Along with chocolate stout flips, Soho House served up delicious, colorful pancakes, which visitors enjoyed while chatting away to a backdrop of lush lounge furniture, pancakes and aliens, and glittering West Hollywood below.
Photo by Melissa Roldan Rainbow pancakes
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