Tuesday, August 08, 2017

a description of my mulhouse show -

The Kunsthalle Mulhouse hosts a monographic exhibition of the American artist Steve Roden from September 14 to November 12, 2017.
Steve Roden, visual artist and sound, develops a multifaceted work. He invented systems based on musical scores, words, maps, and prints, which then guided him to his plastic and sonorous works. The inspiring source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton on which finished work is constructed.
This exhibition will bring together these different forms of specific notations, as well as films, pieces and sound sculptures.Through this set-up, there are sets of visual and textual correspondences in which the representation of the sound is intrinsic to each piece.
Steve Roden creates a single space for various works echoing each other, thus sketching the partition of an experience of the sensible left to the interpretation of each.

Monday, August 07, 2017

solo show at mulhouse musem in france


Sunday, June 18, 2017

thinking once again of jack kirby's collages...

hunger dogs Jack Kirby collage Comic Arti recently found this 2013 text i wrote about jack kirby's collages, and figured i'd post it here...

in 2012 i heard that jack kirby made collages, and i was curious how a great draftsman would experiment in the collage medium... there's a lot  opinions of kirby's around kirby's collages and those images were what got me back into comics (and a closer look at comic art - especially from the 1960's). it took a while to see one in person. 

i know there is a bit of controversy about the value of these works - i don't mean in terms of money, but how do they fit into the king's overall body of work. some folks gripe that kirby slipped collages into the mix in books because they could be done faster than penciling a page (which i highly doubt), while others - such as myself - see them as kirby the artist , experimenting with a different kind of graphic language and effect; and i would say that the fact that he published collages sporadically throughout his career would be enough to suggest that they were not only important to his creative process, but also important to enhance his stories.. i.e. they offer another voice... and another level of story telling. 

i think the collages were not only important to kirby's narratives and landscapes, and are essential part to his process overall  vision - where found forms were used to make new forms throughe a different activity than drawing with a pencil. 

when i turn the pages of a sequence of drawings, and find a world of collage detritus, the landscape offers an "other"... arriving as a shock, as a portal to another dimension. 

the image above, was, i believe jack's last published collage, and one of his masterpieces of his use of the collage medium. it's a gigantic twice-up two page spread filled with complexity along with some very detailed scissor and hand work.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

a new work in denmark... "a song for my father"

when i was 15, my father moved into a house designed by r.m. schindler. it’s a long story, but when my father bought his house, there was in a crawlspace under the garage, where we found 3 cartons of old domus magazines, something like 40 issues. (if you don't know the magazine, it was an architecture/design/art magazine started in the 1920's and is still publishing every month).

after my father passed away, i started to think about the magazines, and that over time, i kept looking through them, like a conduit between myself and my father - and these dirty, silver fish eaten, mold, mildew - i mean they were in really bad shape. some of the pages were falling apart, but i kept them as some kind of special material between myself and my father. 4 years ago, i decided to work more seriously with the materials attempting to converse with the materials in the hope to suggest "moves".

i began by making paintings of my father's house, and used various aspects of the april 1964 domus cover which was published the month of my birth. other steps were a series of small collages (in homage to joseph cornell's late collages). the next step was using pages of the domus magazines, towards temporary collages,  sort of collages, and sort of videos... but there were100 short videos, using all the pages of the april 1964 issue. 

when i finished with the 100 short videos i felt like i had climbed a mountain, and yet still, i kept mining the materials for promise.

when i was asked to make a "sound mark" for the installation in denmark, i wanted it to be outside, so that the process of dying would be palpable, while over time these images would change simply because of the weather and the poor materials.

so i pulled 65 pages from 1960's issues of domus magazines, each page with the text  “this is a part of a song for my father" -  plastered across the image.

in this way, i didn't want to manipulate the pages myself, but to simply allow a “patina of decay”.

ultimately, i placed the images in windows of a huge empty space, most likely a factory... and the pages were placed in various locations - existing like fragments of a stanza of a poem, or a score or a lost dog note... and each image a stepping stone, or a breadcrumb. 

over time, the images will fade from sun and weather, perhaps in a way that all things break down, no matter how much they long to remain... 








moholy-nag at lacma

holy cow - the moholy-nag show at lacma and the guggenhiem... was freaking amazing. the breadth of materials, ideas, genres, etc. someone opening his mind up to any thread to see where it might lead to... i loved so much his willingness to take a risk with an idea or a medium, covering abstraction and figuration... and always pushing. there was a lot of awkward works, funky approaches, and some wonderful works. here's a few that killed me...

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

performances by steve roden, yann novak, special guest, at human resources, 7/11/17

Steve Roden, Yann Novak, & Special Guest

June 11, 2017, 7:30PM


Friday, June 02, 2017

soundpedro!!!!!!

soundpedro

june 3rd, 2017
RSVP on Facebook for soundpedro, a free event, taking place on June 3rd at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro Ca. RSVP on Facebook is optional and not required for entry. No tickets are necessary for entry.
Soundpedro takes place on June 3rd 2017, 5pm to 11pm. Soundpedro is a sound art event at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Map of the site
SynthLab sound art performances, Building H:
5:00 PM - Sander Roscoe Wolff
5:45 PM - QRUX
6:30 PM - Loren Nerell
7:15 PM - Som
8:00 PM - Rychard Cooper
8:30 PM - Faraday Cage
9:15 PM - foreign native
Visuals by univac
Atlas Place sound art performances, Building F:
5:00 PM Southern California Soundscape Ensemble
5:30 PM Panel Discussion: “Atlas Place: Living Sound in Los Angeles” (moderator: Glenn Bach; panelists: Steve Roden, Robert Crouch, Yann Novak)
6:30 PM Steve Roden
7:30 PM Robert Crouch
8:30 PM Yann Novak
9:30 PM Southern California Soundscape Ensemble
In 2013, 100 years after the release of Luigi Russolo’s Futurist manifesto “The Art of Noises,” the Long Beach-based art collective, FLOOD, presented its last SoundWalk. Just as Russolo’s seminal declaration strove to open new ways of perceiving, FLOOD pursued similar aspirations through SoundWalk, which created a platform to raise awareness of and appreciation for sound art. The event grew to include a mix of local, national and international artists, and the community experienced inspiring aesthetic sensibilities and approaches.
After ten years of producing SoundWalk, FLOOD believed it was time for a change. Deciding to expand beyond the aural towards more synaesthetic modes of presentation and perception, FLOOD began planning PUMP, a multi-sensory event coming in October of 2017, which will offer opportunities for cognitive boundaries to dissolve and senses to converge.
Following the final SoundWalk, however, sound artists and art professionals perceived a vacuum. They had lost a high-profile event that introduced mainstream communities to sound art, a form often relegated to the margins. In response, Amy Eriksen, Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center, approached FLOOD with the proposition of starting soundpedro. Angels Gate is fertile ground for this endeavor. In 1998, the venue had initiated experiments in the area of sound that would move out of San Pedro and lead to the creation of the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) in Los Angeles.
Ear Meal Webcast, Terry Braunstein & MLuM, Aught/Collective Hot Tomorrows, and Elouise Walker will continue to exhibit at Angels Gate Cultural Center from June 3rd through 19th.

Monday, May 15, 2017

from soundhom....



Steve Roden

Steve Roden

A Thousand Breathing Forms (7 Cd Box)


Over the last thirty years, Steve Roden has risen as a singular voice, attacking and advancing the highest challenges of the avant-garde - blurring the lines between nearly every creative field, moving outwardly toward the boundary with every day life. A visual and sound artist, his work spans the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance. Following their brilliant box set of rare recordings by the artist from the period between 1988 and 2003, Sonoris returns with a second collection of his output between 2003 and 2008 - A Thousand Breathing Forms. 
Steve Roden
A pioneer of Lowercase music, a movement which uses amplification as a means to address the quiet and unheard sounds of objects and environments, Steve Roden is one of the great contemporary successors of John Cage. Looking beyond the shadow cast by chance and indeterminacy, he casts the ear toward a world indicated by the composer’s most original, radical, and often neglected idea -  the value and beauty of the sounds of non-instrumental sources and of the every day. Through subtle intervention, he has illuminated the path for a rising generation of artist working in sound - refusing categorization, working as comfortably in a museum or gallery, as the contexts of music. Guided by rigorous conceptual perimeters and concerns, across A Thousand Breathing Forms the axis of Roden’s work snaps into view - the monumental presence of the smallest moment and sound.
Steve Roden
A Thousand Breathing Forms, which collects Roden’s unreleased and hard to find works from the incredibly prolific period between 2003 and 2008, is drenched in musicality. Centered around loop based works, it pulls relentlessly and democratically from a seemingly endless world of source - samples of records from an array of cultures, field recordings, instruments, object, and environments. It is a body of work, which, for being birthed electronic process, appears stunningly organic - steeped in humanity and touch. A world of intimacy. The discrete at a towing scale. A realm to be inhabited, which burrows deep - taking residence in the ear. As it sounds, resonances, and structures intertwine, Roden appears as a vision of the future, and a bridge to the past - a breaking of dogma, and a reconciliation for the schism betweenMinimalism and the conceptualism of Cage. A world guided by ideas, presenting the profound beauty, meaning, and importance of sound, across its six CDs, A Thousand Breathing Forms is a revelation - a lens into the practice and work of an artist of incredible significance, as much as an opening to the larger field. Capturing and advancing some of the most important and difficult ideas of the last hundred years with elegance, accessibility, and grace, this is a collection which promises to grow over time and at every turn.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

limited lathe cut vinyl - part two of my champion version 7" for observers in aircraft part 2

Champion Version just announced my the second 7 inch "For Observers In Aircraft: Part 2" by Steve Roden, check it out here.

it will only be available starting Sunday, 14 May for a week. 

STEVE RODEN


Title: For Observers In Aircraft: Part 2
Vinyl: Listen/Buy
Digital: Listen/Buy
Note: This super limited edition 7" will be lathe cut to order and will only be available for 7 days. It will never be released by Champion Version on this format again and we will only make as many copies as are pre-ordered. Orders shipping out within 28 days of being placed. Limited to one copy per person/household.
Description: The four tracks here where recorded live using the same analog modular system Roden employed for the 'For Observers In Aircraft: Part 1' recordings. And of course they continue very much in the same vein. Not only are the small details significantly distinct on 'For Observers In Aircraft: Part 2', but like those on the aforementioned 7", tones punctuate, ripple and undulate until they more closely resemble drones. And if you listen closer, certain tiny frequencies emerge and flutter increasing in mass before resettling. Between these sections, the interaction of tones is just sublime. Wonderful.
Track(s): 1. The Hazy Parts Between 2. Striated Appearance 3. In Extensive Patches 4. Broken Mainly
Catalogue: CV201712
Format: 7"
Edition: Limited to one copy per person/household
Released: 14 May 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

limited lathe cut 7" from champion version - for sale only for a few days...

Champion Version just announced my 7" record titled " For Observers In Aircraft: Part 1 by Steve Roden, check it out here

there will also be a part 2, so keep your eyes and ears on the champion version bandcamp
 

For Observers In Aircraft: Part 1 Cover Art

Saturday, April 22, 2017

here's a link to an interview with Arnau Horta talking about rolf julius

an interview with steve roden talking to

Arnau Horta


about rolf julius
http://radio.museoreinasofia.es/en/genealogies

sonoris box set 2 " a thousand breathing forms" is officially released!!!! 6CDs!



the sonoris 6CD box is now released. i will have some copies to sell on bandcamp. should be up next week.

this is a 6 CD set with a short pamphlet. special to the the first run of the box, includes the 3" cd "a slow moving boat".

i am really happy how it all turned out. super thanks to franck from sonoris, and giuseppe ielasi (who did an amazing job with the mastering!)

i will be selling at thet Downtown Modernism Show of Sunday, April 30th, 2017: Los Angeles's best marketplace for vintage modern design.

very excited to share a booth with my friend richard chartier at the los angeles modernism show april 30th. i will be selling a lot of ceramics, books, arts and architecture magazines, eames toys, russell wright, eugene deutch, rare design books, margaret de patta photographs of her jewelry, george nelson flatware, nelson outdoor tables, paintings, a paul laszlo watercolor, a frank lloyd wright bench with original cusion, nelson/girard vanity and more...!!!!!

We invite you to take part in our next Downtown Modernism Show of Sunday, April 30th, 2017:
Los Angeles's best marketplace for vintage modern design.
Market Hours are from 8AM-2PM
Admission is $8
2901 Saco St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058



Friday, April 14, 2017

A THOUSAND BREATHING FORMS: sonoris box set 2 covers are printed!!!!


a shot of the box set and some of the inner sleeves...

available soon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

the new music conflagration - discover this! 5 pieces - free listenings!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

a new mix tape for http://www.nts.live


recent mix tape for skyapnea....
http://www.nts.live

Friday, April 07, 2017

sonoris box set 2, A THOUSAND BREATHING FORMS coming soon!!!!!!!!

the cover of the upcoming 6 CD box set from sonoris!

Steve Roden - A thousand breathing forms (6xCD boxset)

Tracklisting :
CD1
1. stars of ice (2008, cdr, new plastic music)
2-9. stills for guru dutt (2004, unreleased)
CD2
1-4. in flows and spuns (2004, released as a 100 copies lp by en/of)
5. 22 letters and the resonance of a three pointed star (2006, compilation track)
CD3
one hour as the bumps of surfaces (2003, radio broadcast, unreleased)
CD4
1. calmem (2008, unreleased)
2. for you the sunrise (2008, unreleased)
3. banjoharmonium (2006, unreleased)
CD5
1. a christmas play for joseph cornell (2007, cdr, new plastic music)
2. thomas sat down and looked at the sea (2004, compilation track)
3. vester fields (2007, cdr, volume projects)
CD6
1. winter is herd or heard (2007, unreleased)
2. to these 4 horizons (2008, unreleased)
3-5. sleep/walk/drive (2003, unreleased)
6. aucla irde lalu ne (2008, compilation track)

+ the 3" CD "A slow moving boat" included in each box.


Available late april 2017.
Pre-order open (15% off the price once released)
Offer will end on april 13th.
(shipping included everywhere)

discovery link: 2008 the ambient tradition

Monday, March 27, 2017

discovery link: to a roden work related to hans richter



http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/hans-richter-encounters


3 sound videos, related to richter's dada film