April 1969, 1969 |
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Occupation||director, producer, writer, independent curator, artist|
|Years active||1992 - present|
Aaron Rose is a film director, art show curator and writer who is a key part of the Beautiful Losers art movement, which has featured and helped notarize the work of artists such as Barry McGee, Steven "Espo" Powers, Harmony Korine and Shepard Fairey. In 2005, he published with Drago Young Sleek and Full of Hell, where he collects over 100 artists including Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Thomas Campbell, Phil Frost, Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Sonic Youth, Terry Richardson. He was co-curator of the Beautiful Losers touring art exhibit, and edited the collected art book—released by Iconoclast and Distributed Art Publishers in 2004—featuring the work and artists of the tour. The exhibition toured the world through 2009. He is also the director of the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in November, 2008.
He was the owner and director of Alleged Gallery in New York City and created Alleged Press, which has released books featuring the art of Ari Marcopoulos, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Barry McGee and Chris Johanson. He is also co-editor of ANP Quarterly.
In 2009, Rose directed a short-form documentary called Become a Microscope - 90 Statements on Sister Corita, with original music by Money Mark and Becky Stark. The 22 minute film tells the story of Sister Mary Corita, the California nun who was also a political artist. In 2010 he completed "Portriats of Braddock", a television movie created for the Independent Film Channel. Rose also directed "Pendarvia", a short documentary on the musical group The Decemberists which was released January, 2011.
In 2009, he was hired by Wieden+Kennedy to help create WKE (WKEntertainment), a content-driven entertainment channel and production house. At WKE, Rose was the producer of numerous television projects including Califunya, D.I.Y. America, and Don’t Move Here, which he also directed.
Rose was an associate curator along with Roger Gastman and Jeffrey Deitch on the museum exhibition "Art In The Streets" which opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in April, 2011.
In late-2011, Aaron Rose co-authored (with Brian Roettinger and Mandy Kahn) "Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century Identity Crisis," a seminal book of criticism published by Swiss company JRP-Ringier. Rose's essay for the book, titled "The Death of Subculture" has been described as an impassioned call to arms, urging the next generation of artists to end the collage era by adopting a philosophy of creative innovation.
As a visual artist, Rose has exhibited internationally including Hope Gallery (Los Angeles), Postmasters (New York), Colette (Paris), and Dover Street Market (London). He is currently represented by Circleculture Gallery in Berlin. In 2009 Rose was chosen to create a signature shoe model for DC Shoes based on his artwork. He has also created designs for Shepard Fairey's Subliminal brand as well as other boutique apparel collaborations.
Rose is also the founder of Make Something!!, a nationwide art education program for teens which partners world-renowned creative personalities with young aspiring artists. To date over 2,500 teenagers have taken part in the Make Something!! educational programs. Workshops have been held in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Miami, London, Paris, and Tokyo.
- Fecal Face article on Aaron Rose. 09 April 2006
- Young Sleek and Full of Hell - Aaron Rose's Book
- "Beautiful Losers exhibit press release". Iconoclast. 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Beautiful Losers artbook". Artbook. 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Beautiful Losers tour schedule". Iconoclast. 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Alleged Press official website
- ANP Quarterly official website
- IFC Official Website - Portraits of Braddock
- "The Directors Bureau: Aaron Rose Biography". The Directors Bureau. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Christine Clarke (July 6, 2009). "Aaron Rose hits the road for Wieden+Kennedy". Boards Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-26. "...the project was only a small slice of what Rose was brought into Wieden to do. His primary job is to help the agency develop an online media channel. The channel airs original content produced by W+K"
- Art In The Streets - Los Angeles Times