Party People

Summer 2019

SEASON is proud to present PARTY PEOPLE, the official launch of UFO Parfums two newest scents, Autumne/Hiver and Printemps/Été.  Also showing will be vintage fashion designs from the 1940s and 50s.  Opening reception is Sunday, July 14, 2-5 pm and the show will continue to September 30.  Hours are by appointment only.

Maxwell Williams/UFO Parfums has been producing and collaborating on perfumes since 2014.  Autumne/Hiver is an appropriate scent for the Pacific Northwest, it is the smell of cut woods and being indoors for too long; an introverted decay.  Printempts/Été is livelier scent, like that of a sexy watermelon party in the deep woods where there is a magical beach.  Maxwell Williams is an olfactory artist, researcher, and writer based in Los Angeles. His work uses fragrance, scent, perfume, and odor as a tool for hedonic enhancement, blending it with music, flavor, visual aesthetics, and touch to create mood-altering experiences. His auditory-olfactory horror play “LUXURE/OCCIRE” was performed in 2018 in London at the Experimental Scent Summit. His “Scent Rave” series of club nights in Los Angeles brings together rave culture with perfume. With his fine fragrance brand, UFO Parfums, he launched “Liquid” with Los Angeles fashion label Come Tees, and “literalvolcano” with the Los Angeles Metaphysical Library. He is on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Art and Olfaction, and he recently finished writing several chapters of The Empire of Scent: Explore the realm of perfumes, smells, and aromatic incense to reveal the enduring allure of fragrance (Gestalten, 2019). He is also the West Coast Editor for L’Officiel USA, one of today’s leading fashion and lifestyle publications.

Also contributing to PARTY PEOPLE will be a collection of vintage fashion designs by Charlotte Berns, Francis Layman, Vetha, KT Kellog, and other anonymous/unknown artists.  Designs for formal, casual, and costume will be exhibited, including one costume design for the character Dardanella, the subject of a popular song by Fred Fisher, first published in 1919.  These drawings also have contributed to the inspiration for the two perfumes as well as the design for the labels.  

Maxwell Williams/UFO Parfums Autumne/Hiver

Maxwell Williams UFO Parfums Printemps/Été

KT Kellogg, Dardanella, date unknown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 14 x 11 inches.

KT Kellogg, Dardanella (detail), date unknown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 14 x 11 inches.

Charlotte Berns, Patriotic costume for a girl, detail, 1940, gouache and graphite on illustration board, 15 x 11 inches.

Unknown artist, unknown date, graphite on stationary, 11 x 8.5 inches.

Unknown artist, unknown date, graphite on stationary, detail, 11 x 8.5 inches.