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Ryan Roa: Writes of Passage, Human Communication and the Written Word

Trinity Museum
Broadway, at Wall Street, 646 206 4933
Tribeca / Downtown
January 16 - March 31, 2011
Reception: Thursday, January 20, 5 - 8 PM
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Trinity Museum presents Writes of Passage, an exhibition by Ryan Roa curated by Darren Jones and Madina Stepanchenko.

Writes of Passage is a response to Trinity Institute’s 2011 theme of ‘Reading Scripture through Other Eyes’. The notion of ‘scripture’ is interpreted here within the context of contemporary communication.

If traditional scripture conveys the full spectrum of human experience – care, support, warning, hope loss, peace, pain, consequence etc. – then so too do the billions of types of written correspondence we send to each other daily through letters, emails and the many other forms of text based interactions available in our digital age.

The project consists of two elements. The first is a sculpture titled Re-form, by the American artist Ryan Roa. Re-form is a large scale likeness of the cross of St. Peter, positioned with the head tilted toward the floor.

A second element invites visitors to be involved. On the walls surrounding the sculpture there will be a mass of examples of the written word conveying messages of human experience; letters of encouragement, emails among friends, family, aquaintences, lovers and strangers referencing adversity, joy, challenge and difficulty. Alongside these examples are blank sheets where visitors are invited to add their own responses relating to these themes.

Ryan Roa is an internationally exhibiting American artist working in a wide variety of media. Recent venues include the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art where he represented the United States at the Moscow International Biennale of Young Art; Jamaica Center for the Arts, NY; The Bronx Museum, NY and The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY.
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