Steve Roden’s art – whether it is his paintings, sculptures, installations, film or sound work—is hinged to a single concept: the arbitrary system. It is this foundation that allows Roden the liberty to explore various mediums, to translate from one to the other, a strategy that enables the artist to formulate the parameters of his work. Roden is a bone fide multi-media artist whose search is tethered to the idea that there is a shadowy connection that exists, a cross-point where disparate sensory elements (visual, aural, tactile, etc) converge to alter our perceptions.
In the artist’s works on paper completed at Aurobora, Roden embraced a variety of experimental methods. Employing stencils, transfers, direct handwork, and intaglio printing, Roden achieves a visual wandering that brings a viewer closer to the intuitive moment, the unvarnished creative act.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art / Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens, Greece; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, TX; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA; The Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA; The ASU University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA