scent artist Sita Bhaumik in SF

Tomorrow at 2pm, scent artist Sita Bhaumik will be speaking at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Baat Cheet event. Speakers include: Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, poet and psychiatrist Ravi Chandra, artist Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, LACMA curator Julie Romain, artist Ranu Mukherjee, musician Cory Combs, India West editor Lisa Tsering, contemporary art collector Dipti Mathur, yoga instructor Monica Desai Henderson, and music and dance professor Nalini Ghuma.

6-9pm is Kearny Street Workshop’s Holiday Party. Asian Santa photo opp and live music by John Lum, Brandon Bigelow, Wilson Wong, and artists from RAMA.

Bhaumik’s installations at Acquired Taste show can be viewed and smelled one last time. The show will be closing this Thursday, Dec 8th at CSU Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery.
Check out “To Curry Favor,” a curry powder wall (pictured above) and “Hey Sugar, Sugar,” a powdered sugar doormat.

scent art near and far

Move over Chandler, pop-up scent exhibits, gatherings and museums are proliferating like wildfire. Perfume is, undoubtedly, the most immediate scent experience for your average American. However, now more than ever, scent in general is emerging as a new artistic media.

Sephora has joined the bandwagon by coproducing a pop-up scent museum called Sensorium in NY near its flagship with the Department of the fourth Dimesion.

Sephora Sensorium – Life At First Scent & Lucid Dreams from The D4D on Vimeo.

SF new media artist Sita Bhaumik has a curry wallpaper installation until December 8, 2011 at Begovich Gallery at Cal State Fullerton.

Socal artist Lindsey Pfeiler has integrated visual and olfactive stimuli in her installation at the Merlino Gallery BFA show in Long Beach.

perfume news

In San Francisco, since your food is organic and/or locally sourced, so should be your perfume. Check out the Huffington Post’s list of SF local artisanal perfumes. They did miss two of my favorite Bay Area perfumers, Parfums DelRae and Laurie Stern’s Velvet and Sweet Pea.

SF perfumer Ineke has just released a brand new collection for Anthropologie, Floral Curiosities, inspired by Ineke’s fieldwork in her own garden. My favorite is Poet’s Jasmine.

Two relative new additions that are lovely: the Different Company’s sophisticated arsenal, Bachmakoff le parfum and Comme des Garçons and Hussein Chalayan’s cocreation Airborne, a kind of perfume autobiography for Chalayan.