ROA: Projectum 06
And while we innocently sigh when gazing upon his murals of wonderful urban wildlife creatures, ROA keeps implementing the same, grave and monumental warning into our minds of environmental consciousness. Projectum 6 is his newest solo exhibition of studio works, announced by StolenSpace gallery, where this inventive Belgian will turn the gallery space into an installation. The exhibit opens on June 13 and it will remain on view through July 6, 2014.
ROA is recognized around the world for his singular, black and white depictions of large scale urban wildlings, animals that restlessly live and perish among us. The artist has been known to paint murals and pieces on neglected and deserted buildings, store shutters and walls travelling across the globe. His distinctive style entices the viewers to stop and gaze in amazement, while the expression of his subjects unmistakably invokes empathy. Not solely concentrated on street art, ROA has been producing studio works for years and he exhibited in numerous galleries across the globe, including some of the most prominent contemporary art spaces, such as MOCA in Los Angeles.
ROA Creative Process
Creative process is one of the key conceptual components of ROA’s art. Each of his projects is thought out and approached from a particular, analytic, angle, while the specific energy birthed through the creation of the work in question within a set deadline, is something the artist especially cultivates. The method ROA applies is always the same. Arriving at the painting location, he makes sure he is accustomed to the surroundings, drawing as much inspiration as he can from the neighboring buildings and situations. Scavenging for the discarded objects that the artist recycles around the capital of UK is hard enough, but the physical effort combined with continued pondering all gets poured into the finished piece once completed.
Animals ROA portrays are stripped to their purest, practically essential form, looking as natural as they could be. The absence of color is suggestive enough, while the wild beings sleep, run, or decay in front of the observer. This immediate confrontation with facts that keep occurring around urban population daily emphasizes the irrationality of our emphatic or other attitude, while we often turn away from our, human, and much closer origins. The hypocrisy coming from this dual attitude is not only ridiculous, but complete absurd.
By placing animals on walls of man-made structures, ROA delivers a particular message and very clearly expresses his own attitude on the topic. As buildings serve as vessels and mirrors of the animals’ often sad lives, placing them on such prominent spots is the artist’s way of giving back to the disregarded parallel ecosystem of urban areas, while the strain between cultivated and natural is highlighted. ROA’s work is wonderful and meaningful commentary on the acclimatization process small animals, such as rodents, had to go through in order to adapt to living in human altered environment.
StolenSpace Installation will be the reflection of the artist’s general concept, while we remain intrigued with the idea, anticipating the opening of the show.