On entering the rather unassuming gallery, I was welcomed by the sound of The Strangeloves "I want candy". There was an great sense of fun as people were papping away, getting as close as they liked to the kooky confectionery masterpieces.
Hung nearest the entrance was a striking piece by Miss Cakehead herself, The Futureheads vs Cakehead loves Evil. Here Miss Cakehead lifted the lyrics from her favourite song, Oh the Chaos and used them as both a mission statement for her personal blog and also the exhibition. About twenty lines of lyrics, spread across 6'x6' of the wall. Propped in front of each black painted letter though was a cookie letter, coated in a wonderfully thick black icing. Visitors were allowed to pick the letters off the wall and eat them on the spot. This kind of consumer viewing was really interesting to watch. The cookie words were lovingly baked and cut out into fragile letters, only to be eaten, not by family and friends hot from the oven, but off a wall in a gallery near the west end.
My favourite pieces in the exhibition were the ones that genuinely played with using spounge cake, icing, or anything edible as a fun medium. The Mad Hatters Tea Party by Amy Greenwood won the competition (of which I didn't know there was one had it not been for the plaque next to the piece). It was a neat piece of coloured fondant work with an adorably cute dormouse, and one very tripped out caterpillar.
Another work I particularly liked was the black slicked toucan, smeared across the floor. Used in a genuinely innovative way, the black marzipan like icing was smeared across the floor. The flat black body juxtaposed with the flamboyant 3D beak created an excitement of scale, colour and surprise. There was something superbly satisfying about the idea of someone plastering a black slick of icing across the floor, and then watching people tiptoeing around it.
The last creation I feel needs a mention was the Edible Garden. It intrigued me, unsurprisingly, as it is a masterpeice by Lily Vanilli. A combination of beautifully delicate peach-crush coloured petals grew tall next to glitter licked stamen of overly confident flowers. A shiny black (edible) scorpion lurked in the undergrowth, but most amazingly there was an overpoweringly delicious smell of bitter cocoa. It was the only piece I could actually smell smell, and on reading the plaque, the attention to detail went a little deeper. Edible bugs and roots of the plants lurked in the soil beneath. Amazing.