Sculptor Finds Inspiration in Ordinary Materials 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.
The exhibition is curated by Jeanne Brasile, Director of Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery.