striations & distance piece
Exhibition opening reception September 25, 2015; 5–7PM
Live performance by Scant Intone
Exhibition continues Monday to Friday September 28 – October 23, 2015; 9AM–5PM
Canadian Music Centre – BC-Creative Hub (837 Davie Street)
striations (6 min.) is a two-channel video made by Steve Roden with artist Mary Simpson. It was originally part of a larger exhibition that included painting, drawing, and sculpture related to an unfinished stone sculpture made by Roden’s grandmother.
The film attempts to use fragments of “stilled” information whose meanings are unknown or unresolved, to become active again through engagement and use. The imagery includes Roden’s grandmother’s half carved stones, as well as images related to Henry Moore and artifacts of his grandmother’s objects left behind, such as the crayons used in the rubbings, and the photographs of birds she used as inspiration/study for sculpture never realized.
striations is accompanied by distance piece, a soundwork that intertwines with the silent film.
striations is part of Nomadic Streams – A festival of Ambient Music.
About Steve Roden
Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text 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 composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions, failures and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon.
In the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, amounts of time and form building.
In the 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 sound works present themselves with an aesthetic roden has described as lower case – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening.