Almond Horizon

Steve Roden & Jeff Roden

WhenMonday, September 22 – Thursday, October 16, 2014
LocationEarl & Virginia Green Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Tuesday | September 23 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The exhibition Almond Horizon features recent paintings and drawings by Steve Roden and a sound/video work created in collaboration with Jeffrey Roden, the Almond Horizon drawings began with the discovery of a notebook, dated 1928, that belonged to a relative of the artist who had died at a very young age. The family relic obtained equations and repeated words that were created simply through the child completing his homework, but to Roden, the random word sequences such as: suffer, suffering, suffered...or enough, clothes, shoes, trouble.....seemed to take on the form of concrete poems, and so the artist began building upon and responding to materials already present on the page, engaging in a playful conversation with a long lost relative he had never known. Also featured in the exhibition, The Beatitudes is a collaborative visual sound/video work inspired by the well-known Biblical text including music by Jeffrey Roden and visuals by Steve Roden. 

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, 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 sound composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon. Roden has performed his soundworks at various arts spaces and experimental music festivals worldwide including the Serpentine Gallery London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the DCA Dundee Scotland, Redcat Theater Los Angeles, as well as performance tours of Brazil and Japan.

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The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery is located on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA.

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The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery presents a program of rotating contemporary art exhibitions on the campus of Biola University. Located in the greater Los Angeles area, the Green Art Gallery is well positioned to represent a vital Christian worldview within the critical dialogue of contemporary visual art and to produce engaging exhibitions that grapple with issues concerning the intersection of faith with art and culture. The Green Art Gallery also provides professional development opportunities for Biola art students through gallery exhibitions and internships.

The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery was renovated and dedicated in September 2013. The gallery is named in memory of Earl and Virginia Green—the parents of Roberta Ahmanson—whose lives exemplified faith and commitment to their family, church, and community, and who inspired their daughter’s love of the arts as a person of faith. Biola University expresses profound appreciation to Howard and Roberta Ahmanson for their continued generosity in supporting arts programming at Biola.


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