steve roden is a visual and sound artist from los angeles. his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance.
roden's working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores; which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound composition. these scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions and left turns. the inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon.
in the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, and image building. in the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or 'possible landscapes'. the sound works present themselves with an aesthetic roden describes as "lower case'' - sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening.
roden has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since the mid 1980's, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally.
recent solo shows and projects include susanne vielmetter berlin projects, nicole klagsbrun gallery new york, studio la citta gallery verona italy, san francisco art institute mcbean gallery, fresno metropolitan museum of art and science, tang teaching museum skidmore college, and gallery e/static torino.
recent group exhibitions include the mercosur biennial porto alegre brazil, centre georges pompidou paris, the san diego museum of contemporary art, the ucla hammer museum los angeles, the sculpture center ny, the museum of contemporary art EMST athens, and the drawing room london.
roden has performed his soundworks at various arts spaces and festivals worldwide including the serpentine gallery london, the san francisco museum of modern art; the ucla hammer museum, MIT boston, the walker art center, minneapolis; the dca dundee scotland; the musee de beaux artes nantes; as well as performance tours of brazil and japan. he has also released over 20 cds of audio works on labels worldwide.
roden received an mfa from art center college of design in pasadena, ca in 1989, and a bfa from otis parsons in los angeles in 1986.
grants include: nimoy artist in residency grant, COLA grant from the city of los angeles, california arts council grant, subito grant from the american composer's forum, city of pasadena artist's grant, and the durfee foundation.
recent & upcoming projects include: a site specific collaboration with stephen vitiello for marfa texas; soundwaves: the art of sampling at the MCASD san diego, a new audio work commissioned for the james turrell skyspace at the henry museum in seattle; a commissioned work for the 100th anniversary of edvard grieg's death in oslo norway; a sound/sculptural installation for the mercosur biennial, and a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture at susanne vielmetter berlin projects, berlin germany.
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