Belgium artist ROA recently opened his solo show ‘PROJECTUM 06’ in London at StolenSpace gallery with a completely new series of work. His iconic paintings of animals are the central point of the exhibition, all painted on recycled material and arranged as a big, comprehensive installation inside the gallery. The set-up is similar to a labyrinth and visitors can literally walk through different artworks, interact with some of them, change their appearance and experience ROA’s art in a completely unique way.
About the artist
Belgium artist ROA is renowned for his unique portrayal of large scale urban wildlife, disquietly cohabiting city streets worldwide, hand painted in his distinctive black and white highly detailed rendering.
ROA is an artist deeply preoccupied with the significance of the creative process. Working conceptually on each project, he nurtures a dynamic energy which evolves during the restricted time-frame. His method is consistent. Arriving in a location he adapts to his habitat, allowing inspiration to flood from buildings and objects and literally ‘waking up’ to the realities surrounding him. Foraging for the recycled found-objects he seeks becomes a harder task in London, adding a new dimension and highlighting physical process and interaction in this completed body of work. The animals themselves are represented in their purest forms, whether they be alone or in groups, sleeping or awake, half skeleton or part organ dissection. Using placement and the enlarging of subject, ROA implies the absurdity of the human attitude toward animals, as well as toward their own roots and origin. The architecture and discarded objects act as vessels for the huge creatures’ lifetimes, the realism of the images on the man-made material emphasising the tension between culture and nature.