Steve Roden: A Year of Skies

Steve Roden, artist and performer from Pasadena, has published various CDs – also under the name in be tween noise – as well as the important "Site Of Sound" (with Brandon LaBelle), a text on the relations between sound and architecture. He is gaining a wider and wider reputation as a representative of Sound Art, a heterogeneous international movement which has only recently achieved a full recognition by the contemporary art world, which had previously tended to overlook it. The "Resonanzen II" show, starting the 15th September at the prestigious Staadgalerie Saarbr├╝cken, next to renowned masters such as Christina Kubisch and Bernhard Leitner, truly confirms the value of Roden's work. Nowadays, a large scale solo exhibition at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum features, besides a site specific sound installation, paintings, sculptures, drawings and films. In fact, Steve Roden recognizes himself only partially in the sound artist definition and the e/static show itself, his first solo exhibition in Italy, will prove his versatility.
Usually, Roden starts his work when urged by an object, an image or a sound which he finds or rather finds once again – loaded the latter with memories that emerge out of oblivion. Such objects have often a very precise formal or structural organization, which Roden partially supports but then upsets in order to reach, through a reconstructing process based upon a sequence of connections, another new and unforeseen system – of sounds, signs, colours or images – which has in itself its own plausibility.

Steve Roden
4 6 02 - 20 7 02
e/static, via Parma 31, Torino
Realization curated by: 
Carlo Fossati for e/static


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