Ryan Roa - It's Complicated
Exhibitions, United States, Newark, 16 October 2017
Sculptor Finds Inspiration in Ordinary Materials
RYAN ROA – IT’S COMPLICATED
October 16 – December 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 5 to 9pm

The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University welcomes artist Ryan Roa in his solo exhibition “It’s Complicated.” The New Jersey native’s art will be on view from October 16 – December 8, 2017. Consisting primarily of floor and wall sculptures, the work incorporates new media and forms into his repertoire. The sculptures on view in this show were conceived during his recent residency at the University of Texas, Dallas – Central Trak and will be the first time this work will be presented publicly as a whole. The artist’s choice of materials date to Roa’s past experience as a carpenter, and include common hardware and construction supplies such as tempered glass, drywall, plexiglass, steel mesh and tape. The use of prefabricated objects allows visitors an accessible entry into the works, which often include surfaces comprised of simple, repetitive patterns such as radials, moirés or geometric arrangements. The work is also highly dependent upon the German concept of the ‘gestalt’ which is founded on the relationship of parts to a whole, and the notion that something made from many similar parts is more than, or different from, its individual units.
Jeanne Brasile, curator of the exhibition stated “The artist is concerned with the use of construction supplies. He favors mundane, prefabricated items over traditional, time honored media such as bronze, steel or marble. Using prescribed formulas - often based on ratios or offsets — he stacks, incises, bends, layers, folds or stretches matter to create sculptures that can be understood as the residue of the artist’s physical gestures as form.
For 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student mind, heart, and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus, or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural, and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each other to better the world with integrity, compassion, and a commitment to serving others. For more information, see www.shu.edu/walshgallery Seton Hall University is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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