Ryan Roa, installation view of “Constant Velocity” 2014

Ryan Roa

Mahwah, New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ryan Roa’s black bungee-cord sculptures recall Minimalist efforts of more than a generation ago. His works are perhaps more accurately described as drawings in space: Roa links one cord to another and tethers them to the ceiling, wall, or floor to produce linear as well as volumetric compositions. Visitors to his recent show, “Constant Velocity,” needed to circumnavigate the works, which functioned both in their own right and in aggregate as a large installation. The sophistication of these works is considerable, although there are times when Roa’s art seems a bit too elementary for full engagement. That said, it is important to remember the sculpture of Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Richard Serra, all of whom have made art of radical simplicity …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.

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