Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, and sound installation. Roden’s involve a combination of conceptual strategies and intuitive movements. Found structures are lifted from their original intentions and combined with invented systems to be used as the basis for improvisation and abstraction. In the visual works, printed language, graphic design, maps, and other forms of specific visual notation are sent through various self invented systems of translation to create open readings and new meanings. In the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through electronics 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.
The LA Weekly recently called Roden “the most idiosyncratic abstract painter to emerge from LA in the 90’s”; while The Wire magazine recently referred to Roden’s cd the radio as “a particularly modest form of genius”.
Roden has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since 1986 in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including museums, galleries and arts spaces in USA, EU and Japan. Recent shows include the Stadt Galerie Museum (Saarbrucken, Germany), San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum & the Mak Center for Art and Architecture los angeles, the drawing center, nyc; susanne vielmetter la projects (LA), Jennjoy Gallery (SF), Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik (Odense, Denmark), Podewil (Berlin, Germany) and many others. Roden has performed live improvised soundscapes in arts spaces, galleries, museums, theatres, and alternative spaces worldwide including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the ICA & the Hayward Gallery (London, UK) MIT (Boston), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and The Musee de Beaux Artes (Nantes, France) as well as performance tours of Brazil and Japan and music/art festivals around the globe. Roden has released cd’s of his sound works under his own name, as well as under the name ‘in be tween noise’on labels include Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Sonoris (France), GMBH (France), Digital Narcis and Meme (Japan), and LINE (US). Roden’s work has appeared on a number of international compilations, including the Tulpas project on Selektion (Germany).