King’s Mouth, an installation by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, opened last night at The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in the 511 Gallery. If you are familiar with the visual spectacle of the bands live show then you won’t be disappointed. If you have never heard of the band or Wayne, you are going to be pleasantly surprised, entertained and moved.
A surreal and immersive installation, King’s Mouth is an enormous metallic head beckoning visitors to crawl inside its foam mouth, kick back, and experience a cascading LED lightshow synchronized to Flaming Lips music. I witnessed people coming out of the mouth in a full range of emotions; relaxed, energized, crying. Each person made it their own, as art should be.
The installation is accompanied by a series of works on paper that illustrate a fantastic creation myth. These pieces—done in hotel rooms after shows, between takes in recording studios, and at the kitchen table at home—combine original drawings with images clipped from magazines, glitter glue and stickers from Wal-Mart, and cut-up pieces of Flaming Lips record sleeves.
The show runs through January 6th at the PNCA, free to the public.