Index Art Center presents “Ryan Roa: Iterations,” a site-responsive installation created entirely of rubber bungee cords. Arranged in a series of “x” shapes that spring from the walls, ceiling and floor -- the gallery is activated by repetitions of sharp lines and forms that create a sense of volubility and the tension that is inherent to the materials. While experiencing the space, visitors are presented with a series of relationships with the objects, the physical space of the gallery and their encounters with both. Varying vantage points reveal a dynamic and changing interplay of overlapping lines and forms that shift as the work is navigated.
Curator Jeanne Brasile describes the installation as “a choreographed space that enhances the gallery environment and the viewers’ relation to that as well as Ryan Roa’s art. It can be construed as either a series of individual sculptures or one large sculpture depending upon audience perception. Ultimately, it is an open-ended artwork that is to be experienced and uniquely understood by each participant.” Ryan Roa’s artwork has been featured in a number of exhibitions in many prominent venues including; El Museo del Barrio’s most recent bienal, The (S)-Files and The Moscow Museum of Modern Art’s International Biennale as well as exhibitions at The Jersey City Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Jamaica Center for the Arts and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Ryan Roa earned his M.F.A at Hunter College in Manhattan. He currently lives and works in New York.
Index Art Center was established in May 2009 by three of Redsaw Art’s former founders; Lowell Craig, Seth Goodwin, and DC Smith. Their mission is to help strengthen and revitalize Newark’s emerging art scene. They wish to create an environment where the local community and artists of all media can come together and take part in a unique dialogue, one which affirms Newark as a center for contemporary art. Index Art Center is located at 585 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey between Central Avenue and New Street. It is easily accessible by car, The PATH and NJ Transit. Hours are Thursdays 6 to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays 1 – 4pm and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public.