Street artist ROA heads to London for book launch and exhibition

Belgian street artist ROA’s towering monochrome animal murals have become a regular sight in many cities.

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

Often using the contours of a building for distorting perspective or extra poignancy – and sometimes humour, his haunted looking animals are difficult to ignore.

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

In lieu of the actual buildings ROA has daubed the animals on, his new show, Hypnagogia – a conflation of the Greek words ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep and ‘agogos’ meaning leading – will feature installation work and originals on found objects.

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

There will also be ‘outdoor work across East London’ say organisers – although we think some of that might have already been there – and a book.

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

ROA: An Introduction to Animal Representation by Mammal Press is the artist’s first book, showing a retrospective of his 2011 work, chronicled by theme and explained through photographs, sketches and reference material.  

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

A limited run of 500 handbound books have been made which include two fold-out screen prints and ‘a bird dissection,’ says the gallery – but not a real one, we hope.

ROA: Hypnagogia
ROA: Hypnagogia

Hypnagogia runs from 20 April – 6 May at Stolen Space’s permanent gallery in the Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane and a second space, The Stone Masons, 17 Osborne Street – both London E1

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