International Artist Jonathan Rosen Appoints Issa PR to Launch "I Want to Dream" Exhibit at colette

Dec 10, 2015, 07:08 ET from Issa PR

PARIS, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury brand strategy and public relations agency, Issa PR, will handle work for conceptual and appropriation artist, Jonathan Rosen, to debut his "I Want to Dream" exhibition at colette in Paris - Rosen's first European show - this winter.

The transformative and thought provoking exhibition (on until to January 2, 2016) will include twelve pieces, and eight new canvases made specifically for the show.

Following the terrible tragedies in Paris, Rosen was inspired to add one final piece to his collection in the "I Want" series. His latest work entitled "I Want Peace" - was created in Paris at colette in the days after the attacks. Using vintage postcards that date back as far as pre-WWI, Paris is immortalized as idyllic - symbolizing the hope for peace and resilience in the city, country and around the world. The proceeds from this piece will benefit the victim's families through the Sweet Stuff Foundation created by the founder of The Eagles of Death Metal.

Rosen - a former award-winning advertising creative with assignments in London, New York, Amsterdam and Sydney - traversed into the art world only two and a half years ago. His unparalleled vision combines visceral, highly graphic collages utilizing a diverse array of pop culture ephemera and materials with bold headlines of desire. 

Inspired by the Yoko Ono quote, "A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is reality," Rosen's 'I WANT TO DREAM' exhibition is an invitation to reveal our deepest desires, and to dream collectively. Through this show, Rosen brings his personal wants and dreams quite literally to the surface for an intimate engagement with themes of hope, ambition, and loneliness. Rosen's twelve, large canvasses each address various 'wants' of the artist: from wanting to escape, to wanting to be bad, wanting to be found. Each 'dream' the artist expresses in these works are deeply personal while at the same time universally resonant.

Each 48" x 72"' artwork in the exhibition will have the letters 'I WANT...' carved into the canvases' surface, creating a window of negative space that evokes a reminder: that to dream, risks remaining unfulfilled. The canvases are then shrouded in the material histories that Rosen has collected. Once sourced from Rosen's personal collections - which included concert stubs and love letters - he now invents with artifacts of others; materials that are either in synthesis or ambivalence with the message of the piece. 

The series includes: 'I WANT TO BE A WINNER', which reveals layers of scratch off lottery tickets in a playful critique of commodity culture. 'I WANT TO FLY' is covered in pristine white feathers, where the artist longs for the impossible. 'I WANT TO DREAM', a panel turned blackboard, allows the audience to dream along with the artist, while the temporariness of the chalk reminds us how fleeting our dreams can be. Every day people will write their dreams down and every night it will be immortalized on colette's Instagram (@colette) before being wiped clean again. 

Jonathan Rosen, artist said: "I'm very excited to have my first European show at colette in Paris. The convergence of high-fashion, art, design and commerce, makes colette an ideal place for dreaming. By revealing my dreams through these new pieces of art, I hope to inspire and encourage others to do the same. I'm also delighted to work with Issa PR - a new yet innovative agency with a roster of strong clients and proven track record in launching breakthrough campaigns." 

"We are thrilled to work with Jonathan to debut his first show in Paris," said Viet N'Guyen, Founder & CEO of Issa PR. "A true visionary and leader, Jonathan's work is both powerful and evocative. Colette is additionally an iconic and impressive venue for his European debut. We look forward to collaborating with them both."

Following the prestigious exhibition in Paris, Rosen will begin a residency and exhibition in Sydney, Australia, with Palmer Art Projects and will be a featured panel speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2016. 

About Jonathan Rosen 

Jonathan Rosen is a NYC-based conceptual and appropriation artist whose contemporary works are expressed through collage on canvas and panel. Pulling inspiration from his former life as an advertising creative where he manufactured dreams for consumers, he now explores those authentic desires and aspirations that people keep hidden away. His work is in international collections in New York, Sydney, London, Paris and Toronto including The LiveStrong Foundation. Additionally Rosen is a founder and CEO of an art-technology startup, launching early 2016, that will help artists of all disciplines find sought after career opportunities. His work has been featured in international arts & culture publications and is owned in collections worldwide, as well as a signature piece with The LiveStrong Foundation. 

About Issa PR

New luxury brand strategy and PR agency Issa PR is headquartered in New York with team members in London and Los Angeles. Creating captivating campaigns and thoughtful dialogue, Issa PR represents luxury, fashion, art and entertainment clients. With over 15 years experience traversing the luxury and lifestyle industry, the dynamic team is comprised of a global network of experts, influencers and leading-edge creatives. For more information, visit or follow Issa on @IssaPRofficial on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About colette 

colette, located along 213 rue Saint-Honore in Paris first opened its doors in March 1997. Aiming to reinvent the concept of retail in its seven hundred square-meter establishment. Through chance encounters, travels and discoveries, new products and new brands are consistently greeted at colette. Exclusivities, pre-releases, limited editions, established designers, new talents and even forgotten labels...a unique approach combining modernity, originality and upmost quality. This is the colette spirit: an inimitable mix and match, modeled after its customers, and bringing people together. Reactive, determined, influential and passionate, visionary and spontaneous, these are perhaps keywords to describe colette. 

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