I am happy that my photographic series will be showed at two places this summer. Opening on June 2nd, and on display through July 1st, Danielle Sommer has curated my piece into the show “Pop-Up Library: The Collectors” at Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, California. 42 of my photographs will be represented.

To investigate an experience, we often turn to its physical detritus. We collect it, savor it, fetishize it, or even reproduce it. If none exists, we will go so far as to create it. Pop-Up Library: The Collectors features artists working with the idea of collecting or archiving. Each artist or group featured has been struck by a particular moment, place, experience, or event. Each artist has found his or her own way of attempting to return to the moment, to freeze or expand it, to critique it or reproduce it.

12 photographs from the same series will be on display in the show “illusions” at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The show will be up between August 3rd to September 1st and I am proud to be the recipient of the “Director’s Selection.”

Illusion: A false idea or belief, a deceptive appearance or impression, something that betrays by producing misleading impressions of reality. Synonyms: delusion – hallucination – phantasm – phantom – mirage.


I’m very excited to be part of a three-person show at the amazing Krowswork Gallery in Oakland. My installation will introduce the butterfly lady Margot Waltz. Gallery director Jasmine Moorhead writes about my contribution, “Waltz’s story is told from the perspective of the artist, now serving the role of reporter. To understand her subject Rödén lived for two weeks with three housemates whose interactions with Waltz, a sometime visitor in their home, had changed their own relationship to each other. A series of articles and dialogues with the tenants, some of which were published in The New Yorker and Cabinet, craft a portrait of Waltz, while helping us understand her untimely death and the mysterious Butterfly Bush that is the focal point of the memorial at the gallery. Rödén’s deft handling of a complexly layered narrative makes the illusion seamless and guides us to situate ourselves as a literal part of every story.”

Opening reception for the artists Saturday, May 12, 6-9 pm
On view May 12 – June 16, 2012
480 23rd Street-side entrance, Oakland, California
Read full press release here.


Out of the 2056 applicants to the Skowhegan Summer Residency, I am very excited to belong to the 3 percent that were accepted! Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946. The residency is located in Maine, and will take place between June 9 to August 11, 2012.


February 24th is the opening for Forårsudstillingen 2012 (The Spring Exhibition 2012) at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. Four of my photographs were included in the exhibition, all from the series “A Reunion of Lost People.” Forårsudstillingen is one of the most important open submission exhibitions in Europe, and has been held annually in Copenhagen since 1857. The exhibition is held at “one of the largest and most beautiful spaces for contemporary art in Europe.” For the Spring Exhibition 2012 there were 715 applicants. 70 artists have been selected, including 66 first-time participants and a total of 92 works. The youngest artist was born in 1990 and the oldest in 1949. 31 artists come from Denmark, 15 from the rest of the Nordic region, 18 from other European countries, and 6 from other countries around the world. The end date for the exhibition is May 6th, 2012.


From December 29, 2011- March 18, 2012, CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) in Seattle, will present its 22nd annual juried exhibition and two of my artworks were included in the show. There is no theme to the show, but they were looking for work that experiments and explores in general, crossing disciplinary boundaries, challenging established notions of time and space, cultural production, and the objet d’art itself. For this year’s 22nd anniversary of the show, CoCA had the artist Gary Hill as juror. 16 artists were selected.


From February 15 – March 5, 2012 I am part of four-person show at the Worth Ryder Gallery in Berkeley, California. In the show, “Sphere of Influence,” each one of us has selected an artwork from the permanent collection of the Berkeley Museum to work and reflect upon. Participating artists are Rachel Dawson, Bean Gilsdorf, Sarah Hotchkiss, and Ida Rödén.


For the months of November and December I will be one of the Wassaic Project’s winter residents. The Wassaic Project is located in a refurbished mill and animal auction house located in southeast New York State. For two months I will create art based on research revolving butterflies and the character of Lewis Mumford, an American historian, philosopher, and literary critic.



A photography from the series “A Reunion of Lost People” will be exhibited at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center between November 1st and November 19. The show, “Visions – 2011 Sacramento Fine Arts Center Juried Photography Show” was juried by Terry Nathan, a photographer whose work centers on architecture, landscape, documentary and art/science fusion.


“Persona” is a group show at the Darkroom Gallery (formerly Vermont Photo Space Gallery) in Essex, Vermont. “Soccer Team – Peter Kronblad,” was chosen to be part of the exhibition. “Chris Buck chose 46 images beyond the traditional portrait – more than just a eloquently captured face.  They include uncanny, parody, distortions, subtle suggestions and in-your-face implications.” The opening is Tuesday September 13, 5-7pm and the show will be up until October 7.


“Proof” is the 2011 Juried Exhibition at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California. It marks the 20th Anniversary of SoEx’s Juried Program series. The juror was Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. With over 500 submissions, “A Reunion of Lost People” was selected to be part of the exhibition. The opening is Friday September 16, 6-9pm and the show will be up until October 8.


“Chain Letter” is a global group show. The San Francisco portion of the project is called “X Marks a Spot” and will be held at N O M A Gallery in San Francisco with an opening August 6th, 6-8 pm. I will present four drawings.


In a group show, presented by UFORA at The Orange County Center for the Arts in Santa Ana, I will present my magazine The Unwritten Quarterly. The show will be held between October 1-29. The curator writes: “’You First’ seeks art reflecting a paradigm shift in the way we think about art. The art of our time is a multilayered, international, interdisciplinary conversation. ‘You First’ invites works with a compelling physical presence and a strong conceptual component to make this utopia tangible.”


I am one of twenty-four artists exhibiting at Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show opens Friday, May 27, and ends June 24. The pieces I contribute with are my three spheres, all titled The Circular Ruins.

The web site of the Manifest gallery informs:


Small works are very portable and fit well into many spaces. They also evoke in the viewer a sense of one’s own physicality, in a completely different way than average or large sized works. Small works are intimate; inviting approach and inspection. Like short poetry, they are a challenge to craft with the same presence of their larger counterparts.

We are delighted to offer this seventh annual exhibit of works no larger than seven inches in any dimension.

For this seventh incarnation of the project 349 artists submitted 801 works for consideration by Manifest’s rigorous jury process. Forty-one works by the following 24 artists were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

MFA Thesis Exhibition

I just graduated from California College of the Arts. The MFA Thesis Exhibition had its grand opening Thursday May 12th and stayed up until May 21st. My installation, taking the form of a museum collection dedicated to Bernardo Soares, occupied one of the classrooms in the nave of CCA.

The Bernardo Soares Collection contains items that have either been in the possession of Bernardo Soares, or objects that can be related to this essential thinker. In the collection, one will find furniture, personal belongings, and interpretations of Soares’s creations by other artists. You can have a look at his replicated working study, then take a quick break and watch the experimental documentary that was made in honor of his life.

SF Gate, home of The San Francisco Chronicle, wrote the review “Sensorial – The MFA Exhibition at the California College of the Arts.” These are cut and pasted sections of the review.