• 5.18.17   Garrigosa Studio Slows It Down

    Time flies when you’re having fun.  That universal truth is a favorite to be spouted at kids who complain when playtime is already over. But adults face the same conundrum when their own playtimes end too soon, which can be disappointing for everyone involved. The reasons for a premature end to the fun are as variable as the people who share the complaint, but KY has found their own solution for it – literally. They asked CGI studio Garrigosa to help them visualize what their new Duration spray does. The results are at once both breathtaking and hilarious. Two ads each feature naturally speedy animals with the identifying qualities of notoriously slow animals. The first image shows a cheetah, the best runner in the world, with a tortoise shell – perhaps the slowest. In the other a jackrabbit sports a snail shell. In a moment we know that these typically speedy animals have been restrained while still operating relatively normally. What’s remarkable about the images isn’t just their humor but how realistic they are. Obviously, it would be impossible to get a tortoise shell on a cheetah (and where could anyone find a snail big enough to have a shell fit on a jackrabbit?), so Garrigosa literally created the impossible. “We always love intense images, even if it’s in a fun or in a dramatic way,” says Macarena Gª-Castrillón (Maca), Producer at Garrigosa Studio. “The most amazing part of this project was the combination of both: the playful concept with an impressive execution. The balance made us enjoy the project a lot!” To get the realism displayed in these compositions, Garrigosa captured their own reference materials, photographing live animals, and combining them with what they could find online. “We used animal photos of our own stock (it’s been a year of collection!!) with stock images,” says Maca. “Then it was all composed in postproduction, where all the magic happens.” Maca is right, what Garrigosa did with the project was make magic happen. We know that these animals cannot exist in this way, but the studio did such a detailed an accurate job that it fools us into believing that they could exist, even if only in the borders of this frame. The animals are a fantasy, and looking at them helps prolong that fantasy and keep the fun going – even if it’s ephemeral. A fitting representation for KY’s newest offering.
  • 5.19.17   Joe Pugliese Wins Bigly for The Hollywood Reporter, and We're Not Tired of It Yet

    He might not like us telling you this, but Joe Pugliese is a total nerd when it comes to Saturday Night Live. He loves the show and has for decades, so whenever he gets the opportunity to photograph the cast, producers, writers, it’s always something that he leaps at. This week SNL will close out the current season, but it will go down as one of the most consequential in the show’s history because of the incredible work the cast has done lampooning the Trump administration. Mocking the President isn’t new for the show, but this season has gone in a slightly different direction. “SNL has always poked mild fun at Presidents and this is another level, this is almost like activism in a way,” says Joe. The Hollywood Reporter invited Joe to photograph this SNL Trump Administration, creating something of a historical document to remember the work these actors and writers have done. “I don’t generally like to inject humor into my photos, that’s sort of a little bit out of character,” Joe explains. “But given the opportunity I felt like it was important to document this cast of characters doing what they do the same way I would have wanted to with Monty Python troupe doing what they do, just to get it down as a record.” Joe met the cast at New York City’s The Rainbow Room and brought with him paparazzi photographs from the Studio 54 era to show the actors. He wanted to replicate that feeling with the cast, let them imagine that the Administration is the coolest kids on the block, living it up in one fantastic night. Communicating with the actors in that way was the key to making this shoot work as well as it did. Since Joe gave the actors their ‘scene,’ as it were, these incredible improvisers just let go and played. By offering them the freedom to jump into character, Joe’s job became smoother. “If I had to photograph Alec Baldwin as Alec Baldwin, New York actor, comic actor, that would have been really hard if he weren’t in character,” says Joe. “As soon as he put on that wig it’s easy, he didn’t even need to think about it. None of them did. They all did their characters and had a lot of fun with it.” Instead of coaxing these moments out of each of the actors, Joe got to sit back and play audience for these experts. And they delivered. Joe sees his job as a photographer to be witness in rooms and situations that the rest of us can’t be in. He’s our emissary. He reports back to us not in words and quotes, but in moments frozen in photographs, evoking the emotions that he experiences while he lives them. It may seem like a catalogue of photographs of actors in character is contrary to that goal, but Joe explains that in this particular instance it’s actually exactly that. “We’ll look back on this in ten years and say that was a moment where politics and entertainment really collided,” says Joe. “With Trump’s victory a lot of people have become activists whether they’d like it or not. I feel like with the way people communicate now, everyone has a channel or an outlet, a voice, they have their own headlines to write in social media, and there’s a general low level feeling of activism across the board whereas it used to be just the really passionate people be the activists.” Elections are an amazing reminder that democracy is a process and everyone’s voice counts. SNL’s work this season is an extension of that, of the burden of citizenry. Even if it comes with a laugh.
  • 5.4.17   Enter The Selby In Seoul, South Korea

    Artists give us the opportunity to see things anew, and understand the world in ways we didn’t before. We almost always only see the results of an artist’s exploration and expression and experience their creations, but we are rarely invited into the artist’s world. But some do. Few artists have been as open as Todd Selby who is always creating new work and endlessly inviting his audiences into his process. If you want to find Todd it’s as easy as signing on to Instagram or Todd’s wildly successful blog, but this summer and fall you can get even closer by stepping directly into his mind. Or at least a form of it. Right now the Daelim Museum in Seoul is showing ‘The Selby House,’ a fully immersive experience that exhibits a dizzying range of Todd’s work and includes a representation of his creative home. “From the beginning of my personal work I’ve always put it out there on the internet, and blogging and doing social media,” explains Todd. “One of the really cool things about that is that your work can just travel on its own and end up in all sorts of different places really easily.” Now his work has ended up all the way in South Korea where his fans are hungry. And he’s filled the entire museum. This isn’t a simple gallery show by any means. Todd was asked to stock the entire museum, creating work for every floor, from the first to the attic, and even for the front of the building (plus a sculpture garden behind the museum!). “The scale of it is really enormous,” says Todd. “I’ve done gallery shows before but to have a whole museum to fill… There’s a whole sculpture garden, and we did all the exteriors of the museum and illustrated those. So the sheer scale of it has been really a lot. I didn’t want to just have the show and show old work, I wanted to make a whole new body of work so having a year to get together all that work has been pretty, pretty nuts.” There’s an entire gift shop that’s filled almost entirely with newly designed merch. There are floors dedicated to the photography from his books, photos surrounded by resin collage frames, and tons of his watercolors. There’s an imagined bedroom of his, and a living room where you can sit and guess what it’s like to watch TV surrounded by the mind of Todd Selby. And you can get even more intimate stepping into a dream of Todd’s on the top floor in ‘The Jungle Room.’ It started as a dream with nightmarish origins – depending on how strong your stomach is. ‘The Jungle Room’ started from a rather exciting experience from when he was younger that left enough of an impression on him that it followed him into his sleeping hours. “My family went to Papua New Guinea and my dad really wanted to meet cannibals which is a true story! When I was a kid we went and tried to find this cannibal tribe. So this is based on a dream that I had when we were on the way to find the cannibals,” says Todd. “So it’s kind of based in reality and my life experience but then it’s also based in fantasy, this dream world, so it’s playing around with those ideas.” The result is playful, exploding with color, and has more than one adorable animal hanging from the ceiling. Todd has always let us into his process and shown us his work, but the show at Daelim Museum takes it to a whole new level. Actually, a bunch of levels, one for every floor of this very Selby show. Check out The Selby House at the Daelim Museum in Seoul, South Korea through October 29.
  • 5.10.17   Douglas Friedman Eats It Up for Food & Wine

    Every year when Food & Wine sets out to find the best restaurants of the year, they embark on an intense investigation that takes half the year and tallies 45,000 miles of travel. They whittle the list down to a final 10 and share them with the rest of us, an incredible distinction for any restaurant. When Food & Wine asked Douglas Friedman to create a bevy of assets to go along with their annual list including portraits, food and interior photography, as well as time-lapse video, they let it be an extension of the process they go through to compile the list: Douglas photographed all 10 restaurants in only 10 days. “It was an exhilarating 10 days in 10 restaurants in 10 different cities,” Douglas says. “A lot of moving around. Not a lot of time in the gym, but a lot of time to eat,” he says with a laugh. “I just ate!”  Douglas is known for his portraits and interior photography, but he photographs food less. For him the transition is an easy one. Instead of approaching it as an entirely different skill set, he reimagines the process through a lens he’s an expert at. “When you approach food like architecture, it becomes super exciting,” Douglas explains. Dishes are prepared and presented the same way an interior designer prepares and presents, just on a different scale.  Photographing that many people at that many establishments in that few days over that much distance can be a real challenge. But it can be easier if the artist is surrounded by positive collaborators. “Everyone was so excited. Everyone was great. Everybody was really generous with their time, super excited,” Douglas says. “I would show up and we would have three hours to do this, make a time-lapse video, shoot everything, and get out and get on the next plane and keep going. We all just fed off this excited energy.” From the beginning it was a steep hill to climb, a nearly impossible proposition. But thanks to the hard work and continued positive energy of everyone involved they got everything they needed, wanted, and then a little bit more.
  • 5.17.17   Brian Doben Finds His Heart 'At Work'

    When he was prepping for the latest chapter of his ongoing ‘At Work’ project, Brian Doben found out about The Alternative Limb Project by Sophie De Oliveira Barata that creates prosthetics for amputees that include beading, sculptural elements, and non traditional colors and textures. “She came across our radar as someone who was bringing art, bringing fashion, and bringing a sort of showiness to the artificial limb world,” explains Brian. “I was very intrigued by that because I thought it was amazing, the idea that you can have a missing limb and you don’t have to hide the ugly prosthetic, you can make that into something really impressionable to other people.” Barata offers the opportunity to wear something beautiful that can be shown off instead of hidden behind shame. This is close to Brian’s heart as he understands at least a piece of it after replacing some teeth he lost in a horrific bike accident. Brian was made whole once again thanks to the work of his doctors, and for this video he got to witness Barata help make other people whole once again. “I think there’s something really special about giving people that wholeness that’s really quite beautiful,” he says. Brian’s ‘At Work’ project has been jamming for years now but this is the first time he’s brought a motion component to it. Film and photography, although artistic siblings, offer very different ways to tell stories, each with their strengths. For Brian, film was a great way to explore different ways of presenting the ‘At Work’ mission. “It’s a conversation, it’s people sharing their inner thoughts as to why they do what they do,” says Brian. “There’s something to be said about open conversation and the ability to just talk and share what’s going on inside their mind. It just was kind of this snowball effect, one thing lead to another lead to another.” That winding pathway of conversation is reflective of the winding pathway of a life, whether it’s a life being lived or a career being created in real time. Only so much can be planned, the rest reveals itself step by step. That is the nature of human experience, underlined by his conversation with Matt, a cartoonist who has been creating work for The Daily Telegraph for years. “He is just the most hysterical man and beyond passionate. He is everything that ‘At Work’ stands for,” Brian says. “He is excited every day going to work, he is humbled by what he does.” One of the moments that stood out for Brian about his time with Matt, and something that Brian wanted to make sure was communicated to his audience, is what Matt has to say about the creative process. “We want to romanticize that ideas come to us, that there’s this moment where the clouds separate and the light has this euphoric moment and you have your idea,” Brian explains. “And Matt said something that was very true and I think people need to understand: we have to put as many ideas on paper as possible and most of them are rubbish. You have to cleanse the body until that one moment comes and that’s the moment that you seize.” Brian is quick to point to his own story with photography as an example of this phenomenon. He was a professional photographer for 15 years before he began his ‘At Work’ project, what is now the defining pillar of his career. Sometimes you have to work through everything else before you get to the heart of it.  The key is getting there.
  • 5.8.17   Sir Peter Blake Puts Love Behind the Wheel

    Not many agencies can boast having a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on their roster, but we’re always humbled to represent Sir Peter Blake. His work has inspired generations of artists and shifted entire movements, and includes some of the most recognizable compositions ever made. (You know that iconic cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”? Yeah, that was him.) His work has covered billboards, double decker buses, and filled museums and books for decades, but this past year Peter brought his talents to Bentley where he created a bespoke, one of one Continental GT Convertible to benefit the amazing Care2Save Charitable Trust. Care2Save focuses on palliative and hospice care all around the world, and before they got started Peter was able to take lunch at a local center that operates thanks to Care2Save’s hard work. “I was happy to do it,” Peter says about the work. “We met the staff there and they obviously do a great job.” His work eventually earned £250,000 for the charity. The car’s design is bold in its rich colors and gallant symbolism, something that Peter worked hard to get to, even if it looks simple. “I used all kinds of symbols like stars, a rainbow, a target, and we started off doing it like that and slowly refined it,” he explains. “I think sometimes if you take it down to the bare minimum it’s often the best solution. Quite often the first idea is the best solution and you can then elaborate on that and then you find that you come back to that and it’s the best idea in the first place.” At the end of it Peter stuck with the single heart to make the message very clear: this is about love and respect.  “There’s something about a big heart motif,” Peter says. “You’re implying love straight away and simply finding the message and getting your message straight across.” ❤
  • 5.12.17   Liz Von Hoene Jumps In with "Bunny Briggs"

    Photography is one of the most immediate art forms in the world. A moment happens and a photographer captures it, creating an image in a fraction of a second. They deliver to us moments they experience so we can witness them just as readily. The reveal the world to us. But photographers can also manipulate that relationship with time and space to create a totally different world. That's what Liz Von Hoene wanted to do with her latest project she’s calling “Bunny Briggs.” The short film and companion photo series shows a Ms. Bunny Briggs living her uniquely lavish life in an entirely new world. “She lives in this world with her rabbits and it makes no sense and I think that’s why we liked it,” says Liz. “I wanted it to feel 1970s, I wanted it to feel like a vintage polaroid.” The photos and video are filled with Briggs interacting with bunnies and a cockatiel, all while wearing high end fashion mixed with costume pieces. And each composition is more whimsical than the last. This is by design. This is what Liz loves to explore in her work. “I love throwing an animal in there somewhere, I love a girl holding a stuffed animal that’s a zebra, I love a girl and an elephant, I love a girl surrounded by tons of rabbits,” says Liz. “I love these conceptual plays.” These moments don't happen for most people on most days, and ultimately creates a surrealist world for Liz’s work. It's fun, it's playful, but it's also challenging. Liz shot and produced the film and all the photos herself, and brought on a whole team to make it happen, including stylist Rebecca Weinberg. The only missing component was the location but Liz knew the perfect location: her own home. She and her partner had made their home from the same sort of aesthetic transcending point of view that Liz wanted to inject into Bunny Briggs so it stood to reason that they’d use her home as the conceptual basis for the rest of the work. Plus her neighborhood offered even more aesthetic opportunities. “It is a historical Ranch neighborhood, so it also just kind of leant itself to a 1950s 1970s vibe of ‘Where are you?’,” says Liz. “It’s nowhere spectacular but it’s nowhere ordinary either. It’s somewhere in the middle. It’s just cool.” The contrast of the architecture, high fashion, and propped elements all helped perpetuate the inherent surrealism. When you work for yourself, as Liz did for “Bunny Briggs” you get to choose your team, timeline, and every element that ends up in every frame. For Liz it was about more than just what would appear on film, but also what the culture would be like on her set and in her process. “I want to be collaborative, I want to play, I want to create things that are fun, and I do,” says Liz. “I want it to be over the top fun, all the players have to be on the same page to create a concept. So it’s not just the camera moving and capturing her as she walks across the room, it’s the whole story.” That means everything from the Gucci sneakers to the ramen on the lamp to her fantastic editor all came together to create something amazing, collaborators each of them, but all working towards the same goal. We’re thrilled to add Liz Von Hoene to the roster at B&A. Please join us in welcoming her!
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