ACCIDENT- an opportunity to smell better.

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is teamed up with Austin Young for a very transformative collaboration, unleashing the olfactory prowess of Los Angeles based perfumer Brent Leonesio to create a new edition of perfume.
‘Accident’, a limited run of 100 x 40mL bottles, is designed to serve as an olfactory counterpoint to – and interpretation of – Young’s video and photo work.

Together, the two parts will make a very transgressive whole.

This is not quite business as usual: Some transformations give you more than you bargained for.

‘Accident’ is available here and at Otherwild in Echo Park.

THE COMMERCIAL starring Deven Green:

Austin Young teamed up with entertainer par excellence Deven Green to shoot a unique spoof of glamorous perfume commercials. The result is as odd and irreverent as the two collaborators, themselves.

Video by Austin YoungStarring Deven GreenMusic by The Heathers
Hair and makeup by David Marvel
Graphic Design by Micah Hahn

About The Institute for Art and Olfaction
The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by providing public education programs, building an archive of contemporary scent releases, offering a residency-based laboratory for cross-discipline experimentation, and by inciting innovation and collaboration between perfumers, scientists, artists and other creative practitioners. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.

About Brent Leonesio

Brent Leonesio is an artist, perfumer and the creator of the indie scent-maker smell bent. Brent’s career began after studying art and art history at Sarah Lawrence College. He honed his aesthetic while working in the fashion industry, designing clothing and accessories for the brand 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent. While pursuing a career in the world of design, Brent discovered his passion for perfume. Within a few years, he became a man obsessed – reading, sniffing and even tinkering on his own projects. In 2009, facing the closing of the company for which he’d been working, Brent decided to seize an opportunity and created his own business. He began smell bent with little more than his unemployment checks and a playful dream. But smell bent proved to be more than a dream, and his passion project soon became his career. Since then, Brent’s work has found an audience on a global scale. His whimsical scents have made fans both on the Internet and in the retail market, and his work has grown to encompass fine fragrance, gallery work, artistic collaborations, custom and commercial formulations, teaching and recently, the creation of a smell bent comic book.