Unique furniture designs made of exotic woods by craftsman Glen G. Guarino and life-size plywood fabrications of everyday objects by conceptual artist Ryan Roa, will be the focus of two simultaneous art shows opening at NJIT on March 4, 2010 from 5 – 9 p.m. The free event, open to the public, will take place in the College of Architecture and Design Gallery (second floor of Weston Hall, Warren and Summit streets).
Viewings, also free and open to the public, will be available weekdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through April 9, 2010. For more information, call 973-596-3080. Matt Gosser is the curator of the event.
Roa, a conceptual artist, is interested in the circular relationship that objects (as occupiers of space) and images (as representations of space) maintain. His exhibit entitled “Standing on the Corner” will consist of still images, moving images, objects and installations that utilize scale, symbol, space and interactivity. The concepts behind Roa’s work stem from his life experiences and focus on aspects of his surroundings which appear to be in flux.
Roa grew up in Northern New Jersey. He has worked as a teacher, stockbroker, carpenter, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, serving for one year in the war in Iraq. He studied painting at the University of Arizona, art education and sculpture at SUNY New Paltz and received a MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College.
Roa has exhibited at the Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum, Neversink Valley Area Museum, School of Visual Arts, Oakland University, Artspace in Raleigh, NC and Rush Arts, NYC. He has participated in residency programs at the Bronx Museum, Gallery Aferro, and Pace University.
“Functional Forms” will offer an in-depth look into Guarino’s furniture, made using fine and antique hand tools, not machinery. His intimacy with tools and woods allows him to create pieces that impart serenity and calm, reflecting the inherent grace and strength of various local and exotic woods including walnut, wenge, curly shedua, and ebonized sapele. His table designs often incorporate glass, while his mirror designs include black cord to introduce variations in texture. These designs are unique from each other and have hand-rubbed finishes.
For nearly 30 years, Guarino’s work has been frequently exhibited in juried gallery exhibits and has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine, NJ Savvy Living Magazine, and in “500 Tables” published in 2009 by Lark Books among many others. He holds a Master’s Degree in studio art with high honors from Kean University. He is an adjunct professor in the department of fine arts at William Paterson University.