Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Eau de Gentian Blanche

Jean-Claude Ellena

for Hermes

2009

Gentian, Benjoin, Iris, White Musk, Oakmoss - Wonderfully bitter and earthy, it opens with an almost chromium gleam which deepens into cold woods. This scent describes an enclosed aromatic space of roots and soil hugging the ground, rich and fertile.

smell

There is in fact a great deal going on here but the brilliance of this particular perfumer is to orchestrate complexity into clarity. Where a lesser nose might produce chaos, here it is as if we are smelling an entirely new thing, complete and coherent in it's identity.