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Thu, Sep 08


Olfactory Art Keller

Portraits in Scent

"Portraits in Scent" is an exhibition of olfactory portraits that capture the intangible (or is it the invisible?) that eludes photography and painting.

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Portraits in Scent
Portraits in Scent

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Sep 08, 2022, 5:00 PM – Oct 15, 2022, 5:00 PM

Olfactory Art Keller, 25 Henry St, New York, NY 10002, USA

About the Event

Kindly invited to a very special exhibition of portraits, Portraits in Scent, at Olfactory Art Keller, a unique gallery of art and scents in New York City, at 25 Henry Street, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 15 2022.

Scentless Apprentice: Kurt Cobain at MTV unplugged by Irina Adam "Portraits in Scent" is an exhibition of olfactory portraits that capture the intangible (or is it the invisible?) that eludes photography and painting. Subjects whose essence has been reduced to mixtures of volatile molecules include public figures from King Harold to Neil deGrasse Tyson, as well as fictional characters. A collection of self-portraits and intimate portraits of artists' friends and family members is also on display.

Eva Petrič, Ophelia I am happy to present OPHELIA, who with her dandelion bouquet reverts the common symbol to OPHELIA to one which celebrates the return of life, the rebirth of growth and green after a harsh winter, and a display of abundant strength and power.

Kindly invited to experience OPHELIA in her RE@EVOLUTION, through my staged photograph on plexi glass as well as unique hand engraved bottle of Ophelionic shadowed lace heart motifs embracing Ophelia’s elixir - a unique - one of a kind fragrance I’v created especially for this special exhibition.

Olfactory Art Keller is owned and operated by Andreas Keller. Andreas, the author of Philosophy of Olfactory Perception, is an academic who investigates different aspects of olfactory perception and has taught smell to philosophy students City College and to architecture students at Columbia University. He supports artists using odors and perfumers creating art.

Hope to see you at this one of a kind exhibit which doesn’t just activate just your visual senses, but also those of your smell, bringing you across borders of past - present - future- fusing them into an unforgettable experience, called ART. Eva

Participating artists at Portraits in Scent exhibition: 

  • Liz Wendelbo (Xeno)'s "Daphne Oram" portrays the 20th century synthesizer inventor and thinker through a scent inspired by her hair, ink, celluloid, palm trees and electricity. 
  • Hannah Marcus' "Raw Timber/Sad Cypress/No Flowers (a portrait of Ugo Schiff)" is a death portrait of chemist Ugo Schiff, prepared in consideration of his wishes. George Tedder's "A Shropshire Lad" portrays the melancholic young man from A. E. Housman's eponymous poem with a simple, lugubrious scent. 
  • Anna Novakov's "Healing Agent (a portrait of the artist's great-grandmother" depicts the artist's ancestor, a healer working with plants in a village outside of Novi Sad, Serbia. 
  • Irina Adam's "Scentless Apprentice: Kurt Cobain at MTV unplugged" portraits the late singer at one of the most iconic moments of the 1990s, playing guitar, smoking Winston Lights, wearing a mohair sweater. 
  • Sally Boon Matthews' "King Harold Slain by an Arrow to the Eye" olfactorily recreates the moment of the last crowned Anglo-Saxon English king's death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. 
  • Naoko Kusunoki's "Andy Warhol" sketches the pop artist who appreciated perfumes as a way to take up more space. At the core of Aliaksandra Basalayeva's "Neil deGrasse Tyson" is the juxtaposition of the chill and cold of the unknown and the familiar comfort of understanding. 
  • Bee Sampson's "Agnes Sampson" is inspired by the 16th century Scottish midwife and healer who was burnt at the stake for crafting a charm using a toad to make King James VI infertile. 
  • Alexis Karl and Maria McElroy's "Lillith" is named for Sheila Eggenberger’s character of Lillith, the mother of all demons, in her novel Quantum Demonology. R.B. Wren's "My Mother, Tiremaker" is an olfactory homage to the artists mother who worked in a rubber factory. Victor Bartash's "Freedom Isn't Free (portrait of Britney Spears)" reimagines Britney’s first perfume "Curious" (by Claude Dir) into a more modern, self-actualized scent in reflection of the icon that Britney is today. Killian Wells' "Here’s Johnny!" is a scent portrait of Jack Torrance (as portrayed by Jack Nicholson) from Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining". Chibi Lai's "C. Burchfield" is a portrait of the artist's best friend and love. Ricardo Ramos' olfactory sculpture "Realness (a portrait of Elektra/Dominique Jackson)" portrays the representative facets of the fictional character Elektra Abundance from the TV series "Pose" as performed by actress Dominique Jackson. 
  • Donna Lipowitz' "Green Cicada (a self-portrait)" portraits the artist at age 5, in the forest, wearing a green dress. 
  • Eva Petric' "Ophelia (a self-portrait)" representing the artist's younger alter ego, jumping into all waters; lonely, troubled, hungry, sated. 
  • Eva Silberknoll's "Purple Pink and Blue (a self-portrait)" is the artist's fragrance self, presented together with its two contradictory yet complementary phenomenal selves. 
  • Janine Hagal's "April 10th 1983 12:00 pm EST, Jersey City, NJ (40N44 74W05) (a self-portrait)" is the artist's natal chart scent, based on the planetary placements of the moment of her birth.

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