With the world premiere of BEAUTIFUL LOSERS (www.beautifullosers.com) at SXSW, I'm running a continuous series on the artists in the film. Today is a Q&A from Stop Smiling with Aaron Rose.
Aaron Rose is the founder of the Alleged Gallery. His museum exhibiton, Beatiful Losers, is compiled in a book of the same name, and the subject of a forthcoming documentary, directed by Rose. Stop Smiling: So what do you call yourself these days? A renegade curator? Aaron Rose: Post-renegade. I’m the establishment now. SS: Do you want to talk about the healer who screams in your heart? What was that about? AR: I go to a healer named Kadea who is a psychic. I see her once a month. It's like supercharged therapy. She can see everything, so she just cuts to the chase. Sometimes she tells me things about myself that really piss me off, but after a few days I know she's right. After our psychic session, she lays me down and screams into my head and my heart. She's removing negative energy and things that hold me back from being the best person I can be. She's really changed my life. SS: So many artists you worked with years back were doing work for the sake of doing it, and throwing their work on the wall, expressing themselves any which way they could. Now that a lot of them have their own shoes or designed whatever product and anyone can buy it, is it hard to figure out what’s special anymore? AR: Well, that’s what happens when things get popular and people find out about it. That’s great that these artists can have comfortable lives. There’s always going to be a new, fresh crop of underground artists. I know so many now that are awesome 21-year-old kids who were exactly in the same spot we were when we were 21: busting ass, doing their thing, having art shows in their garage where just their friends show up for the opening. It’s still there. That energy is always around — it’s a cycle. One thing becomes popular, and another thing comes along and pushes it out. This is a musical reference, but I was watching cable TV a couple of weeks ago and it had a commercial for “The Hits of the Eighties” box set — brought to you by Time-Life — and I was thinking, “You know what? Pretty soon Time-Life is going to put out a punk rock box set and it’s gonna feel like classic rock, and kids will say, ‘Oh that’s my parents’ music.’” Main Article