Two projection screens were situated side-by-side north of the pier near the shore. One screen had projected images of the unfolding of a linear hand drawn map of the west coast of North and South America, going south from the Santa Monica Pier. The other screen had a similar projection but the path was north from the pier. The two films were different in length, so that over the course of Glow, no two combinations of images from the two screens were the same. coast lines is a slow and meditative journey along the eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean taking the “objectivity” present in maps and turning that into an expressive riff on space, light and color.
Steve Roden’s category-defying approach to art-making includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation and performance. 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, and image building. With an emphasis on process, Roden explores an intimate dialogue between chance, rationality and the subconscious. Roden has exhibited his visual and sound works since the mid 1980′s, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Susanne Vielmetter LA and Berlin Projects; Studio Il Citta Verona, Italy; the Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles, among many others. Roden has performed his sound works at various art spaces and experimental music festivals worldwide, including the Serpentine Gallery, London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to name two. He has received numerous grants including a Getty Fellowship, a Durfee Foundation grant and a Niamey Artist-Residence Grant. Steve received a BFA from Otis College and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. He lives in Pasadena.