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!