King's Mouth, Wayne Coyne

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture presents Wayne Coyne’s King’s Mouth

Press || Sep 29, 2017


September 29, 2017

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture presents Wayne Coyne’s King’s Mouth

Portland, OR—September 29, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents King’s Mouth, an installation by Wayne Coyne, November 2, 2017 through January 2, 2018 in the 511 Gallery.

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. Baltimore magazine named King’s Mouth one of the year’s best artworks, likening it to a cross between “a bean bag, the iconic Rolling Stones tongue, and an acid trip.” 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.

In addition to being frontman for The Flaming Lips, whose concerts are elaborate, visually stunning, communal spectacles, Coyne has designed album cover art for the band, drawn comic books, released new music on flash drives embedded in gummy skulls, directed a science fiction Christmas film, and opened a funhouse-style arts venue (The Womb) in his hometown of Oklahoma City. In 2015, Coyne made his exhibition debut at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), where King’s Mouth was one of the most popular attractions in the museum’s history.

For more information about King’s Mouth or to schedule an interview with Wayne Coyne, please contact Rick Gershon at 818-953-3473 /

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages.