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August 31, 2012 | Holly Myers
Sorting through the rubble of Modernism is a task that preoccupies a significant number of contemporary artists today, but rarely so tangibly as it does Steve Roden in his recent film and video works at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The show begins with "Everything She Left Behind That Fits in My Hand," a single-channel projection in which we see the artist's hand opening and closing upon a series of small objects - seashells, mostly - that once belonged to Martha Graham.
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October 3, 2013 | By David Pagel
“Ragpicker,” Steve Roden's oddly enchanting exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, rambles through three galleries. Any one would be enough for a satisfying solo show, but the L.A. artist never settles for good enough. The sense that there's always more to do - that everything one does is insufficient or worse - endows his cobbled-together compositions and grungy, to-hell-and-back materials with underdog charm. You find yourself rooting for Roden's curiously endearing paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and mixed-media installations, thankful that they exist yet worried that the world they stand for is on the verge of disappearing.
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October 3, 2013 | By David Pagel
“Ragpicker,” Steve Roden's oddly enchanting exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, rambles through three galleries. Any one would be enough for a satisfying solo show, but the L.A. artist never settles for good enough. The sense that there's always more to do - that everything one does is insufficient or worse - endows his cobbled-together compositions and grungy, to-hell-and-back materials with underdog charm. You find yourself rooting for Roden's curiously endearing paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and mixed-media installations, thankful that they exist yet worried that the world they stand for is on the verge of disappearing.
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July 3, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Zach Harris' visionary paintings set within meticulously crafted frames were standouts in last year's "Made in L.A. " exhibition at the Hammer Museum, and also something of a revelation. Harris hadn't yet had a solo gallery appearance in L.A., though he has shown several times in New York. Now his time has come and the nine recent paintings on view at David Kordansky are again standouts and, in themselves, revelations. The paintings feel intensely interior, like mindscapes more than landscapes, though jagged mountain-range forms are a recurring motif.
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September 5, 2010 | By Holly Myers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Winding through a studio filled with collections of curious objects — midcentury ceramics, vintage design magazines, Victorian-era photographs — Steve Roden pauses before a small, rather plain architectural drawing: his most prized possession, he says, by a man he considers "probably the largest influence on me of any artist," modernist architect Rudolf Schindler. It is a surprising statement from an artist who, though deeply indebted to modernism philosophically, would seem to share none of its fastidious aesthetic, nor architecture's tendency toward stable, monumental forms.
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January 27, 2003 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Remember in "The Fly" when David Hedison (and, in the remake, Jeff Goldblum) climbed into the teleportation machine and got his genes all mixed up with those of an errant bug while the two of them traveled across the room at the speed of light? Steve Roden's paintings are sort of like that -- without the mutant horror and its Nuclear Age overtones of science run amok but with a decided sense of miraculous hybrid wonder fully intact.
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July 28, 2009 | Josef Woodard
For 10 summers now, the unique series known as "sound." has been filling a void in the area by hosting experimental, improvisational and otherwise off-the-grid music, often in the sylvan, historic backyard setting of West Hollywood's proto-Modernist Schindler House / MAK Center. As this will be the series' final summer in this ideal garden-party setting, Saturday night's sonic soiree -- with Los Angeles-based Steve Roden and Seattle's Climax Golden Twins -- mixed atmospheric appeal and a certain bittersweet air. After the final concert here, a tribute to the late Rod Poole on Sept.
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October 12, 1994 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one ever would accuse Steve Roden of taking the easy way out. For his graduate student show at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena five years ago, he made 125 paintings in 125 days. And he made himself conceptualize each work only during the few moments it took him to walk from the parking lot to his studio. Despite his stubborn reliance on idiosyncratic conceptual systems, Roden is fully engaged in the traditional business of painting: manipulating form and color in intuitive ways.
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February 24, 2011
Experimental music bagpiper David Watson and author, musician and professor David Grubbs will join several experimental Los Angeles sound artists, including Joe Potts, Steve Roden, and William Roper, to provide a site-specific sonic exploration of the Beacon Arts Building's fourth floor, a structure designed to explore the interactions between live music and physical space. Beacon Arts and SASSAS Present Beacon Arts, 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5723. http://www.
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February 26, 2011
MUSIC Jewlicious Festival It's a testament to the breadth of Jewish music that the headliner of the Jewlicious Festival, Matisyahu, can mine dub reggae and a deep sense of irie for inspiration. The 6-year-old festival brings a mix of musicians, actors and professionals together (meet the Noah behind Noah's Bagel's) for a klatch of all corners of culture. Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. Sat.-Sun., various times. (310) 277-5544. http://www.jewliciousfestival.
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December 23, 2012 | By Holly Myers
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | Holly Myers
Sorting through the rubble of Modernism is a task that preoccupies a significant number of contemporary artists today, but rarely so tangibly as it does Steve Roden in his recent film and video works at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The show begins with "Everything She Left Behind That Fits in My Hand," a single-channel projection in which we see the artist's hand opening and closing upon a series of small objects - seashells, mostly - that once belonged to Martha Graham.
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July 31, 2011 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The genesis of "... i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces," a new book of vintage photographs with musical accompaniment, came simply, during one of artist Steve Roden's regular visits to the flea market. "This is how it always happens — I found a photo," says Roden with a tone of amused resignation, relaxing on a couch in his Pasadena living room. The photo, he recalls, was of two guys sitting on a lawn; one was playing a clarinet, and the other had a mandolin. Standing between them was a howling coyote, which appeared to be singing along.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2011
MUSIC Jewlicious Festival It's a testament to the breadth of Jewish music that the headliner of the Jewlicious Festival, Matisyahu, can mine dub reggae and a deep sense of irie for inspiration. The 6-year-old festival brings a mix of musicians, actors and professionals together (meet the Noah behind Noah's Bagel's) for a klatch of all corners of culture. Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. Sat.-Sun., various times. (310) 277-5544. http://www.jewliciousfestival.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2011
Experimental music bagpiper David Watson and author, musician and professor David Grubbs will join several experimental Los Angeles sound artists, including Joe Potts, Steve Roden, and William Roper, to provide a site-specific sonic exploration of the Beacon Arts Building's fourth floor, a structure designed to explore the interactions between live music and physical space. Beacon Arts and SASSAS Present Beacon Arts, 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5723. http://www.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Holly Myers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Winding through a studio filled with collections of curious objects — midcentury ceramics, vintage design magazines, Victorian-era photographs — Steve Roden pauses before a small, rather plain architectural drawing: his most prized possession, he says, by a man he considers "probably the largest influence on me of any artist," modernist architect Rudolf Schindler. It is a surprising statement from an artist who, though deeply indebted to modernism philosophically, would seem to share none of its fastidious aesthetic, nor architecture's tendency toward stable, monumental forms.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Zach Harris' visionary paintings set within meticulously crafted frames were standouts in last year's "Made in L.A. " exhibition at the Hammer Museum, and also something of a revelation. Harris hadn't yet had a solo gallery appearance in L.A., though he has shown several times in New York. Now his time has come and the nine recent paintings on view at David Kordansky are again standouts and, in themselves, revelations. The paintings feel intensely interior, like mindscapes more than landscapes, though jagged mountain-range forms are a recurring motif.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2012 | By Holly Myers
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2009 | Josef Woodard
For 10 summers now, the unique series known as "sound." has been filling a void in the area by hosting experimental, improvisational and otherwise off-the-grid music, often in the sylvan, historic backyard setting of West Hollywood's proto-Modernist Schindler House / MAK Center. As this will be the series' final summer in this ideal garden-party setting, Saturday night's sonic soiree -- with Los Angeles-based Steve Roden and Seattle's Climax Golden Twins -- mixed atmospheric appeal and a certain bittersweet air. After the final concert here, a tribute to the late Rod Poole on Sept.
HOME & GARDEN
March 18, 2004 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
While thumbing through the weekend real estate ads six years ago, Steve Roden spotted a curious listing: Architect Wallace Neff's last personal residence, the Shell House, was on the market in Pasadena. For $289,000, the buyer could own a 1,000-square-foot domed structure built out of gunite, rebar and concrete. The World War II-era house -- designed by Neff as an experiment in affordable housing -- came with interesting amenities: a large cone-shaped fireplace and thick exterior walls to deflect cold, heat, termites, bombs and shrapnel.
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