Steve Roden: Proximities

Steve Roden: Proximities
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Proximities was recorded in 2010 during my time as the artist-in-residence
at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. I began by recording a
performance of a series of tones played on an old battery powered Paia Oz,
that were determined by the letters A-G as found in a text by minimalist
sculptor Donald Judd. I recorded the tone sequence several times during
sunrise, amidst 50 of Judd’s stainless steel sculptures in an old army
barracks that has been converted into a museum. The performances were 
recorded with an H4 digital recorder, my iPhone and also a cheap Sony
micro-cassette recorder.
 
During several of the performances these small devices were emitting the
sounds of previous performances from their tiny speakers. At times I also
hummed. All of the processing in the recordings was generated by the
extremely resonant physical space. The occasional popping sound, which
can be heard at the end, are the sounds of Judd’s sculpture expanding
while the sunrise changed the temperature within the space.
 
Recorded in various spaces of the Chinati Foundation, 2010.
All sounds generated and organized by Steve Roden. 
 
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 process allows Roden’s inspirational
sources to become a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished
works are built upon.
 
In his 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 soundworks present themselves with an aesthetic Roden describes
as “lowercase” – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of
listening.
 
Roden received a BFA from Otis Art Institute in 1982, and an MFA from Art
Center College of Design in 1989. From 1979-82, he was the lead singer of
the Los Angeles punk band Seditionaries. He has been exhibiting his visual
and sound works since the mid 1980′s, and has had numerous exhibitions
internationally, including: Susanne Vielmetter LA and Berlin Projects, Studio
La Citta Gallery (Verona, Italy),  the Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre (Brazil),
Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), MCASD (San Diego), UCLA Hammer
Museum (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art EMST (Athens), and
the Singuhr-Horgalerie in Parochial (Berlin). Performances include: the
Serpentine Gallery (London), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 
the Walker Art Gallery, the DCA (Dundee, Scotland), Redcat Theater
(Los Angeles).
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