I walked into the lobby and directly in front of me was an artist at work. Among the hustle and bustle this man was extremely focused. He was painting carefully and passionately, in his zone — lost in his art.
What an incredible opportunity it was photographing hundreds of art pieces in properties owned by the renowned architect, developer and realtor: Kilroy Realty. After 4 months on this project traveling to San Francisco, Seattle, LA and San Diego — I grew to love the way art functions in a workspace. The way the art changes with the light, how people respond or react differently to the art; the list goes on and on as to why contemporary art has made a breakthrough in innovative offices along the coast.
Working closely with the art curator, Deanna Krawczyk, I got to hear the amazing backstory on every installation, multimedia display or fine art piece. I learned the narrative behind the artists and their choice of material, color and creative method. Specific artists that caught my eye in the Kilroy Art Collection were: David Florez, J.R. Eyerman, Robert Longo, Patrick Wilson, Amy Kaufman and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
After visiting a variety of Kilroy spaces I noticed a trend in the staff — everyone was so friendly and smart! I started to believe the power of great art. Kilroy Realty has done quite a stellar job implementing ways to create an awesome company culture across all locations.
I also took interest in the value of Kilroy’s vertically integrated business. Growing up in construction, I found it remarkable that Kilroy has sole ownership on all aspects of creating a building: design, construction, development and realty. You hardly see that anywhere! But after my time with Marketing Manager Shannon Knuth and Marketing Coordinator Caitlin Kilroy, I saw all the advantages to minimizing third parties — the accuracy and speed of communication was on point! I couldn’t be more impressed with this team.
Kilroy’s commitment to their inspiring art, empowered employees and efficient business practices was a marvel to capture on camera. Now all I need is one of those pieces from the Kilroy collection in my studio!
See the Kilroy Featured Gallery here.