Up close with a dynamic duo of artist, curator, director, writer Aaron Rose (Art in the Streets / Beautiful Losers / ANP Quarterly) and animator, director Syd Garon (Wave Twisters / N.A.S.A The Spirit of Apollo) in conversation together on their process in creating their multi-faceted and acclaimed works of art, animation, film and beyond.
Aaron Rose: From 1992-2002, he was the owner of Alleged Gallery in New York. In 2003, he co-curated the museum exhibition Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture that toured the world through 2009. Rose was also director of the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers, which began its theatrical run in 2008. He has also directed numerous short films and films for television. In 2011 he co-curated (with Roger Gastman and Jeffrey Deitch) the large-scale exhibition titled "Art In The Streets", which opened to record crowds at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Rose is editor of ANP Quarterly, a free arts magazine and his publishing imprint. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries internationally including Colette in Paris and Circleculture in Berlin.
Animator, director Syd Garon is currently creating animation for Frank Pavich's sci-fi documentary JODOROWSKY'S DUNE. The documentary covers cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky and his 1974 attempt to create a big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel, DUNE. Syd’s first film, the acclaimed "Wave Twisters" premiered at Sundance 2001 and garnered the coveted “Best Midnight Movie” prize at SXSW. His latest documentary, N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo, co-directed with Sam Spiegel, will be screening at ATA on Feb 23rd as part of the Noise Pop Film Series. It features a truly mind-blowing array of artists, designers and animators including Sam Spiegel, DJ Zegon, Syd Garon, David Byrne, Karen O, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Nick Zinner, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Kanye West, George Clinton, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, the RZA, Shepard Fairey, Fluorescent Hill, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, The Date Farmers, Logan and then some.