After a successful debut this summer, Jencey and Cole Keaton have unveiled the new installment of their Instagrammable art experience, Sweet Tooth Hotel. This time around, the couple traded psychedelic sweet treats to go back to the future with a retrofuturistic ride through outer space titled, 1955. On Halloween night, we got a peek at the pop-up before its official opening. Now through Dec. 31, your whole family can enjoy an out-of-this-world time in Victory Park.
Returning artists Jeremy Biggers, Jojo Chuang, Shamsy Roomiani, Rob Wilson are joined by new collaborators Drigo and Hatziel Flores. The trio of brothers behind design collective Built by Bender are back at work on Sweet Tooth Hotel, masterminding the art pop-up’s fabrication and collaborating with Jojo Chuang on the sure-to-be-hit art piece, Rainbow Rocketship.
Yep, one of the interactive art installations imagines what it would be like for intergalactic aircraft to be powered by rainbows. (In short, it would be amazing.) Kids doubtlessly will be fans of the colorful, swirling lights and be ready for blast off through the other spacey rooms on display.
The inspiration for the show melds space age optimism of the 1950s with the technological feats of today. “In 2018, we’ve realized many of the technology leaps that were just dreams in 1955 so we wanted to imagine even further,” says Jencey Keaton. Just around the corner from the Rainbow Rocketship, your kids can boogie and befriend the dancing aliens in the interactive piece, Astral Pals from Beyond. The colorful extraterrestrials are totally kid-friendly—their oversized eyes might remind your babe of their beloved Minions—while the zig-zagging Dazzle camouflage wallpaper makes for a hypnotic visual feast for your eyes.
Next door, local artist Jeremy Biggers offers an ode to Sweet Tooth Hotel’s candy-coated past with a large scale lollipop-themed room titled, Blow. Sadly, there aren’t any suckers on hand for guests, but kids will get a kick out of huffing and puffing their way through Biggers’ installation which features a wall covered floor-to-ceiling with pinwheels.
Instagrammable opportunities abound in Sweet Tooth Hotel’s 1955 exhibit. From Biggers’ Blow, pop across the hallway into Drigal’s Astral Diner, where guests can perch on an old-fashioned diner counter while they wait for their turn to pose in a color-changing television monitor. And absent is that typical gallery rule, “Please don’t touch the art”—in artist Hatziel’s room, Personal Space, you can even climb on a wall-mounted throne!
The experience begins and ends in the lobby, which is outfitted with Dallas artist Shamsy Roomiani’s alien-like language, and even a conceptual gift shop. The Big Dipper Bakery, Sweet Tooth’s gift shop designed by Nicole Davis, features plastic pastries, metallic boxes of “Astro Puffs” and exclusive art pieces.
Tickets must be bought ahead of time—act quick, as it’s already sold out this weekend! The team behind Sweet Tooth Hotel promises bigger and better—and yes, sweeter—offerings in 2019. The current 1,200-square-foot space will be combined with its neighboring 5,000-square-foot space (currently under construction) to offer an all-consuming (har, har) art and retail experience in Victory Park.