Sometimes there seems to be little difference between a dog fight and playtime. For well-seasoned dog owners, a pup hanging off the ear of its playmate is a normal occurrence, but to those outside the canine realm these games can look painful and dangerous. In Charles and Saatchi, the dogs, two Vizsla’s and a Rhodesian Ridgeback are recorded playing by the enigmatic photographer and philanthropist, Jean Pigozzi, over three summers. Beginning in 2016 with Charles and Saatchi, and then by another dog named Saatchi in 2017, these three play with captivating dynamism. Frantic and dramatic, they propel themselves over the pages, wide-eyed and waggy-tailed, jaws open and snapping. The use of black and white creates an aesthetic contrast, which also leaves room for the contrast of perception. To us, it may seem foreign and frightening, but to them, it’s a sign of meaningful connection and trust.
Published by Damiani
Foreword by Charles Saatchi
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a joyful title designed for music, pop culture and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020