Thursday, April 17, 2014

if you want a piece of my work and help a non-profit... you've come to the right place

this year i was invited by side street projects to create a print for their annual phantom ball. 

it is a phantom ball, because there is no event, just a print edition by an invited artist. 

while i am supposed to simply create a print, i am really happy to be working with maggie white  on a group of two color silkscreen prints and i will also be doing a fair amount of hand work (pencil, crayons, collage, etc.) so that each print is actually a unique work. having finished the silkscreen designs i can say these are going to be really NICE. 

How does it work?Supporters of Side Street Projects are invited to purchase the print beginning April 1st, at $175 each, and in return, will receive a souvenir print from a well-known contemporary artist. To be clear, the Phantom Ball, well, never happens. In lieu of attending, each patron of the ball receives a signed, limited-edition print created exclusively for the Phantom Ball in an edition of 150. This year, the Phantom Ball will feature a print edition by Los Angeles-based artist Steve Roden. The image remains a secret until June 1st. Once we reveal the image, the “ticket price” doubles to $350. Steve is doing something extra special this year so prints will not ship until the end of June. 

All proceeds benefit Side Street Projects’ programs in mobile youth education and artist services.

if you are interested - please contact side street projects

Side Street Projects Mobile HQ

730 North Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103.

(626) 798-7774 [office]
(626) 798-7747 [fax]

Friday, March 28, 2014

live video recording of roden & vitiello in bordeaux

click here to see the video

live improvised performance
at eclats in bordeaux,
february 22, 2014

first time performing
using a modular set-up.
Shooting and editing :
Etienne Coussirat

Antoine Calafat /

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

bobby kennedy's hip 1967 holiday card!

(from a postage size image in an auction catalog)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

from the twitter-verse...

"Is there any music that you would consider outside your comfort zone? Possibly stuff like Cecil Taylor or Steve Roden"

Monday, March 03, 2014

perec poster project too...

very happy this morning to discover
this wonderful video document of my perec posters
getting posted in various locations in madrid
during arco.
you can see the film
(with an older piece of my sound work)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

poster commission re: perec at the arco fair

Part of the ART FAIR ARCO
The 19th to the 23th February, 2014
Opening the 18th February, 2014
With Benoît Fougeirol, Nicolas Aiello, stanley brown, On Kawara, Daniel Buren, David Lamelas and Gauthier Keyaerts, Yona Friedman, Jorge Macchi, Ingo Giezendanner, Gabriel Basilico , Toine Horvers, Christian Marclay, Matt Mulican, Francis Alys, Beat Streuli, Andrea Branzi, and Archigram.
Curator : Anne-Laure Chamboissier & Christophe Daviet-Thery
Co-production : Cham Projects & Daviet-Thery Editions
In 1974, for three days running and at different moments of the day, Georges Perec tried to record everything he could see in Place Saint-Sulpice, where he had set up home. This Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, which would be published in 1975, acts as a point of departure for this proposition, organized around the notion of recording and representing the urban space. While the etymology of the word representation gives “the act of replacing (something) before someone’s eyes”, which tends to give representation a restrictive definition, this proposition strives, on the contrary, to tackle its different forms, be it through image, word or sound.
This polymorphous project is incorporated in the actual space of the city around a fixed point, a place of contemporary art, Cruce, in Rue Docteur Fourquet, and is organized around a piece by Claire Morel and two in situ works by Benoît Fougeirol and Nicolas Aiello, which are echoed  by books by stanley brouwn, Daniel Buren, Peter Downsbrough, and On Kawara, a film by David Lamelas, and an acoustic environment by Gauthier Keyaerts based on different sources: Scanner, Bill Fontana, Steve Roden, and Rainier Lericolais…
Like an extension in the city’s actual space, and slipping into the city’s interstices, a poster commission was organized with Steve Roden. A way of thus raising the issue of art within the public place and the forms it should take.

Like an echo, Attempt(s) at Exhausting  is being developed actually within the ARCO, as part of the section As Tables are Shelves, in order to bring the urban space into an artistic context in the form of a bookshop with titles by Francis Alys, Andrea Branzi, Peter Downsbrough, Yona Friedman, Ingo Giezendanner, Toine Horvers, Jorge Macchi, Matt Mulican,, Beat Streuli …

Cruce Contemporaneo
Dr. Fourquet 5
28012 Madrid
Pabellones 7 y 9 de la Feria de Madrid
Anne-Laure Chamboissier
9 rue Darwin
B-1190 Bruxelles
F-Mobile +32 479 35 38 28
B-Mobile +33 6 01 34 79 09
Christophe Daviet-Thery
Livres et Editions d’Artistes
34 rue Louise Weiss
75013 Paris/France
F-Mobile +32 607718159

Saturday, February 15, 2014

a pair of gigs in france...

i will be in france next week for a pair of concerts and a film screening with stephen vitiello:

steve roden & stephen vitiello
"bricks and mortar":

february 20,
musees de strasbourg
strasbourg, france

performance & film screening
Samedi 22 février 2014
à partir de 20h
Éclats, 18 rue Vergniaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

the challenge to painting...

talking once with waldo frank, i remember having faulted charlie chaplin for the concessions he often makes to commonplace sentimentality. "you must understand," frank said, "he plays the game." it is exactly that which is unacceptable. thought is not a sport. it cannot be the pretext for little successes rewarded by applause. the discoveries of all sustain the evolution of each. it is not with impunity that something or other happens at this moment. and if painting at this moment is no longer what is termed painting, all painters must take note. those who fail to shouldn't be astonished when they are judged as artisans manufacturing an overpriced product rendered useless simply by the reflection of a few contemporaries.

louis aragon

Thursday, January 02, 2014

as the new year begins...

of all words
the greatest:

hate whatever,
embrace whatever,
sing whatever.

love whatever.

(henry parland, 1929)

Monday, December 23, 2013

holiday dog

here is the holiday dog, hoping that 2014 will find this blog a bit more active than it has been lately... happy holidays to those who follow the blog, as well as those who don't...

Friday, December 06, 2013

          “Take any sentence and print it backwards !
            sdrawkcab ti tnirp dna ecnetnes yna ekat !
            now redistribute the sentence on different lines
            ti tnirp dna
            ecnetnes yna

            and that’s how to write a phonetic poem !

i’ve always been interested in turning words around and repeating simple sentences. this probably comes from hearing my father sing nonsense songs from his native village of stcheleeves near prague, where his family  settled in the wake of napoleon’s russian campaign. stcheleeves means ‘o’bourg du chardonneret’ (i.e. goldfinch town) and that was something i was unlikely to forget.”

raoul housmann

Friday, November 29, 2013

INTIMATE CONCERT on december 7...

An Evening of New Music by the Seaside

At the Venice Beach home of Renee Petropuolos and Roger White

Saturday December 7th, 2013 at 7PM

Featuring solo works by Steve Roden, Robert Millis (from CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS)
and the trio of Gregory Lenczycki, Jorge Martin and Nicholas Vincent Sky Walsh.

RSVP to for the address

Donations welcomed...!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

if you are bored during the holidays...

place a pile of pencils, crayons, pens or markers on a sheet of paper.
turn on a radio.
wait for the beginning of a song.
when the song begins, turn out the lights and begin drawing.
when the song is over, stop drawing and turn on the lights.

emett williams, drawing game with radio, 1960's

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

where it all began...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

vito acconci 1994 ready to wear music box

Sunday, November 10, 2013

in 1977 you could build an art collection for $100

Thursday, November 07, 2013

five drops of drizzle weep

a yellow feather whispers
the poplars have the shivers
one perceives feebly
the sound of a cracked
and aged bell -
from the sky
that one can barely see
five drops of drizzle weep
and on the black hillock
a ruin in silhouette -
the evening that watches out
for sleepiness spreads its muslin sail
the last reflections of the purple
setting sun fall behind the hill
by j. rouge

aloise corbaz, 1886

Monday, October 21, 2013

every book needs its own home...

four books from the early 1700's, each housed in their own "book box" i'd never seen anything quite like these before, and of course, the idea of creating a sculpture to "house" a book is a pretty darn interesting, idiosyncratic and "book-elevating" situation. all of them are currently en route to the auction block via leslie hindman auctions on november 6.

Friday, October 18, 2013

it's been awhile....

been awhile since i've posted some photo finds... here are 3 recent additions to the collection

Thursday, October 17, 2013

help revive dragon's eye records

my friend yann novak has opened a kickstarter project to revive his label: dragon's eye records - a label that was started by yann's father(!) in the 70's. the kickstarter project is to fund 4 new releases by richard chartier, steve roden, lawrence english & stephen vitiello and yann novak. i have donated a group of rare sold out roden vinyl as a premium (one with a hand drawn cover), so if you want to support the label, take a gander here.