Get behind the scenes of director Aaron Rose’s new short for Collection Of Style (COS), featuring some of New York City’s greatest talents. The film, produced by Allday in association with Dazed, aspires to "represent a good cross-section of creative people in the city." Allday invites you to take a backstage tour through the lens of Aaron’s iPhone. Read the Q&A below.
How did this idea of gathering artists together for a short film come across?
The initial conversation was started by Dazed and COS in terms of making a film that focused on the current New York art scene. Serendipitously, I had recently re-watched Robert Frank’s "Pull My Daisy," so making something in that manner seemed to be a logical fit. In terms of casting, we chose artists from many different mediums and practices. Some knew each other before the shoot, others did not. The idea was to represent a good cross-section of creative people in the city at the moment.
Why did you name this short "The Bubble?"
There are a few reasons. I suppose the first is that the art world is in itself a social and economic bubble. It exists according to its own rules and cultural norms that have no meaning or relation to society at large. While some could argue that the art scene has gained more public exposure in the last few years, for the most part it is still a scene that is pretty much frequented by a few in the know people -- a bubble. The second meaning has to do with auction prices. Never before in the history of art have we seen so much speculation around the value of contemporary art. The prices are astronomical! It’s hilarious to me. This bubble will pop as well. So the title is fitting in a variety of ways.
Why did you choose to include Rudyard Kipling's "Conundrum Of The Workshops?"
One of my favorite movies of all time is Orson Welles’ masterpiece “F For Fake”. At one point Welles turns to camera and reads a selection from this poem, Rudyard Kipling’s “The Conundrum of the Workshops.” The poem always struck me as such a brilliant representation of the trials and tribulations of the artist mind. The fact that it was written in the 1890’s is even more interesting to me as the words are still so relevant. Some things never change.
This was shot at Max Fish's new location. Why did you choose this spot? A symbol for the art community always reinventing itself?
I hadn’t really thought of that but sure! The location came about more from thinking about Peggy Guggenheim’s salons in the 1920’s and how we could represent that in the the most authentic way as it relates to 21st Century artists. Max Fish has always been an art bar. Through many scenes and generations one would have to admit that there’s no other long-standing social establishment in New York with more of a pedigree than the Fish. It made sense to set the film there because in reality, a good amount of those artists would probably be drinking there anyway. In fact, after we wrapped, the bar opened to the public, the cast hung out and the film set blurred into reality.
What do you think ties all these artists together?
New York City of course!!!