berlin: cults

© circle culture gallery / aaron rose

aaron rose is a multi-tasking fixture in the global urban arts scene. an acclaimed film director, writer and last but not least artist, rose is well-rooted in creative networks both stateside and around the planet. he not only has a finely tuned radar for what's hot and what's not, but also delves deep to expose underlying ideas and sentiments that give his projects a rather unique dimension. opening tonight [6pm-9pm] at circle culture gallery in berlin is an exhibition of a series of new works. entitled cults, the show is inspired by the omnipresent cult of celebrity in rose's adopted residence, the tinseltown of los angeles. the busy creative recently moved to a studio space directly below the iconic hollywood sign and constantly heard the sound of police sirens going off to warn tourists to stay away from the sign. rose concluded that they risked injury and arrest because the sign is associated with something larger than life, something that represents stardom, talent, dreams, and yes, the cult of celebrity.

rose then started pondering over the phenomenon of cults in general and the those related to personality, social groups, belief systems, love, acceptance and success in particular. basically, the obsessons all of us have. the works on display pay tribute to these groups, using graphic elements rather than traditionally representational imagery to produce graphic portraiture. these elements include hand-lettering, symbolism and numerology, various pieces of vintage clip art and simple shapes. rose's bosy of work has always seen the intentional use of graphic elements to blur the lines between high and low cultures. initially using found objects as a canvas, he has now shifted to creating wall works and this is the first show where they're shown. mind you, this is the final exhibition at circle culture gallery's location on gipsstrasse before they move to new premises on potsdamerstrasse early november [on through oct 5]. location: gipsstrasse 11 [mitte].

© circle culture gallery / aaron rose