Steve Roden: floating over the silent world

Vielmetter Los Angeles will present a tribute exhibition of Steve Roden’s work, entitled “floating over the silent world“, featuring the genius’ lesser-known paintings, drawings, and sculptures from 1990 to 2019. From July 20 to September 7, 2024.

“The exhibition marks his passing in September 2023 and showcases the artist’s visionary aesthetic.On Saturday, September 7 at 2 pm, Michael Ned Holte and Alison O’Daniel will remember their mutual friend and collaborator Steve Roden with a program of words, images, sounds, and a conversation.At times beautiful, cryptic, and elusive, Roden’s body of work—which included film and sound in addition to painting and sculpture—manifests as a conceptually-based and idiosyncratic visual language that utilizes systems and structures of translation. His process constructed meaning by interweaving visual translations of music and language with the act of listening. Roden transformed these visualizations into compellingly heartfelt and distinctively intellectual experiences, often resulting in work that appears informal and hand-made, with textured, organic forms and layers of chromatic variation, from somber shades to bright tones. The exhibition floating over the silent world touches on moments throughout the artist’s career where Roden developed and expanded his conceptual practice.

Vielmetter Los Angeles is pleased to present our exhibition concurrently with both the launch of the Steve Roden Endowed Scholarship at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where the artist attended graduate school, and the refabrication of Roden’s 2004 major sculptural and multisensory installation ear(th) by Fulcrum Arts on the occasion of their Energy Fields: Vibrations of the Pacific exhibition. Part of the Getty initiative PST ART: Art & Science Collide, the exhibition will open on September 15, 2024, at, and co-presented with, Chapman University. Energy Fields is an exhibition, publication, and public program co-curated by Robert Takahashi Novak and Lawrence English. Roden’s music is also being featured this year by Aurora Central Records in Mexico. They are releasing a new remastered album called forms of paper, an influential experimental musical work originally released in 2001 to wide acclaim. [1]Knight, Christopher. “Steve Roden, a vivaciously inventive and quintessential ‘artist’s artist,’ dies at 59”. Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2023.”

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