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|Born||April 1969 (age 48)
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 documentary film Beautiful Losers, which is distributed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories and began its US theatrical run in 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.
Rose is also founder of the experimental music group The Sads, whose members include David Scott Stone, Aska Matsumiya and Joe Plummer. In 2009 the band toured the world with a "silent" performance where the audience wore headphones to hear the concert. The Sads have also performed with artist/filmmaker Miranda July who played a typewriter. A boxed set of the group's collected recordings will be released in 2011.
Rose's recent film ventures include a documentary called Become a Microscope - 90 Statements on Sister Corita, a short film with 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 in conjunction with Levis for the Independent Film Channel. Rose also directed Pendarvia, a short documentary on the musical group The Decemberists which was released in 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.
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- Young Sleek and Full of Hell - Aaron Rose's Book
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- Alleged Press official website
- ANP Quarterly official website
- "The Sads enjoy the silence". Los Angeles Times. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "Weekend America: The Sads Are Quiet". American Public Media. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "So Happy to Be the Sads". The New York Times. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "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 is 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, which will debut September 1. The channel will air original content produced by W+K