If you have followed me for a period of time, you might know of my love affair with fragrance and scent. I wrote about the First Annual Art and Olfaction Awards last year for Cafleurebon. It was the first event of it’s kind– blind judging and without the typical politics or marketing bucks involved. It was truly an eye-opening (and fragrant) event with a lot more people involved and attending as well as participating than expected. With the event happening in Los Angeles and people attending from as far away as Germany and other countries, it was more than amazing.
The Second Annual Art and Olfaction Awards are happening in LA on 4/17/2015 and I will be again attending — hoping that I will see friends and acquaintances there. To bring you up to speed about this competition and event, I got the Institute of Art and Olfaction Founder and Director, Saskia Wilson-Brown on the phone for a podcast. The podcast is below and more information about the event on 4/17 as well as the judges and the categories are either in writing on this blog OR within the context of the podcast. It’s longer than I expected but I realized I needed to cover basic territory about the awards for those who had not heard about it.
Official Institute for Art and Olfaction Information:
The Institute for Art and Olfaction is pleased to announce the finalists for the second annual Art and Olfaction Awards, to be held at the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles on April 17, 2015.
Two winners will be selected from the categories Artisan and Independent, and one Sadakichi Award for Experimental Scent, a new category added for the 2015 Awards.
Each winner will receive The Golden Pear, which has quickly become a prestigious achievement in the perfume world.
About the judging:
The finalists were selected by a group of highly qualified judges from the perfume, art and other industries.
The artisan and independent category submissions were judged blindly, presented in generic vials and tracked by a numerical code.
The preliminary round judges selected the finalists, and the finalist round judges select the winners.
INDEPENDENT & ARTISAN CATEGORIES Preliminary Judges
Ashley Eden Kessler (Learn more),
Brent Leonesio (Learn more),
Daniel Krasofski (Learn more),
Hank Jenkins (Learn more),
James McHugh (Learn more),
Laura Johnson (Learn more),
Neal Harris (Learn more),
Persephenie Lea (Learn more),
Steven Gontarski (Learn more),
Sherri Sebastian (Learn more),
Yvettra Grantham (Learn more)
ARTISAN CATEGORY FINALISTS
A City on Fire, by Imaginary Authors Perfumer: Josh Meyer Portland, USA
Eau de Céleri by Monsillage Perfumer: Isabelle Michaud Montréal, Canada
Foxglove by DS & Durga Perfumers: David Seth Moltz + Kavi Moltz New York, USA
Tobacco Cognac by House of Cherry Bomb Perfumers: Alexis Karl + Maria McElroy New York, USA
Woodcut by Olympic Orchids Perfumer: Ellen Covey Seattle, USA
INDEPENDENT CATEGORY FINALISTS
Ombre Indigo by Olfactive Studio Perfumer: Mylène Alran Paris, France
Boccanera by OrtoParisi Perfumer: Allessandro Guialtieri Amsterdam, Holland
Pashay by Ray Matts Perfumer: Christophe Laudamiel New York, USA
Black Pepper & Sandalwood by Acca Kappa Perfumer: Luca Maffei Treviso, Italy
Skive by Canoe Perfumer: Jessica Hannah Austin, USA
SADAKICHI AWARD FINALISTS
Catalin Team: Charles Long, Carrie Paterson, Karen Reitzel, Seth Hawkins, Emery Martin, Michael Mascha
The Contemporary Austin, USA
Chroma Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Denver Art Museum,
USA Crime and Punishment Team: Mike McGinley, Charles McGinley, Noah Bremer, Ben Heywood Minnesota Fringe Festival, USA
Famous Deaths Team: Marcel van Brakel, Frederik Duerinck, Wander Eikelboom, Caro Verbeek MOTI, Holland
In Libro De Tenebris Paul Schütze Maggs Gallery, England
Invitation Only Friday, April 17, 2015, 7 p.m.
Goethe-Institut: Los Angeles, CA 90036
AFTERPARTY Public with limited attendance.
Register: http://aoafterparty.eventbrite.com Friday, April 17, 2015 10:30 p.m. (following the award ceremony) The Institute for Art & Olfaction: 3023 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA. 90020
About the Institute for Art and Olfaction:
The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use. The Art and Olfaction Award is a highly competitive and highly selective award, designed to raise interest and awareness for active independent, artisan and experimental perfumers from all countries. Our hope is that by shining a spotlight on perfumery’s most outstanding creators, we—in turn—will help generate support for independent perfumery, as a whole.
Much gratitude to Saskia Wilson Brown for her time in this interview. I can’t wait for the event!
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