Wild, wild life – new show from ROA

If you live in London, it’s pretty likely you’ll have spotted some menacing, beautifully rendered wildlife spanning the side of buildings, painstakingly drawn and unnervingly realistic.

A rather chilled out lizard by ROA
A rather chilled out lizard by ROA

These creature creations are courtesy of Belgian artist ROA, who has wielded his idiosyncratic monochrome images around cities all over the world.

Dulwich in south London.
Dulwich in south London.

A new show at StolenSpace Gallery in east London opens next week, taking the animals indoors for a new site-specific installation, entitled Projectum 06.

It’ll be interesting to see how the work translates to the gallery wall, so wrapped up as it is with the architecture and spaces it usually transforms.

Skeletal work by ROA
Skeletal work by ROA

According to StolenSpace, ROA’s creative process involves ‘allowing inspiration to flood from buildings and objects and literally ‘waking up’ to the realities surrounding him’ – so a whitewashed interior may well produce something slightly different to the haunting, often skeletal critters we’re used to.

Johannesburg
Johannesburg

The gallery adds that the artist’s work looks to show ‘the absurdity of the human attitude toward animals, as well as toward their own roots and origin’, with the buildings and detritus around them showing how manmade culture and nature are often at odds with one another.

Malaga
Malaga

Projectum 06 by ROA will run from 13 June – 6 July at StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street London E1 6TD. The show runs alongsideMax Rippon’s  ‘Pentimento’ exhibition in Gallery 2

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