This article originally appeared in The Tennessean, written by Matthew Leimkuehler
Immerse yourself in the music and visuals of The Flaming Lips’ leading force Wayne Coyne this weekend at a new Nashville art exhibit.
Coyne, frontman of the beloved Oklahoma experimental rock group, brings his “King’s Mouth” installation to Music City through the end of June.
“King’s Mouth” takes onlookers into 10-foot tall chrome head, where they’ll sit on teeth-shaped foam pillows and experience a pulsing light show teamed with Flaming Lips music composed specifically for inside the mouth.
Coyne described the mouth in a 2017 interview as “escapist entertainment.” The exhibit also plans to showcase canon illustrations from the Grammy Award-winning act.
“Most artists that I like would say the most important and most powerful part of art is what you think of it,” Coyne said. “Your reaction to it should be a subjective thing that is important to you. If I try to tell you, ‘If you think it means this, you’re wrong or you’re stupid,’ … you’re stripping it of its most powerful thing."
"King's Mouth" comes via Fort Houston sponsor Single Music and opens as part of the seventh annual Fort Fest, a musical and artistic celebration of the makerspace's tenure in Nashville.
Interested eyes and ears can see “King’s Mouth” through July 7 for free at Fort Houston. Find more information on the exhibit at forthouston.com.