New York-based artist Adam Liam Rose (b. Jerusalem, 1990) explores the visual language and architecture of “safety.” With a practice spanning sculpture, installation, video, and drawing, Rose navigates the slippage between theater and life, where aesthetics and cheap tricks are used to numb, sooth, or distract populations from real or perceived disaster. He builds large-scale installations that act as stage-sets for the imagination, while works on paper manifest psychological and spiritual associations. Rose is drawn in by the so-called promise that architectures such as fallout shelters and separation barriers offer, and wonders how “history” and collective memory converge to create societal feelings of “place-ness.”

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