‘Hynagogia’ (in case you were about to look it up) refers to the moment before you fall asleep. That inbetween stage which at times can be hallucinatory and at others disconcertingly revelatory. Belgian artist, ROA takes this as the theme for his show, which also coincides with the launch of his book, ‘Roa: An Introduction to Animal Representation.’
ROA’s work will be familiar to many a street art fan, his oversized squirrels, owls and rats featuring on various walls in London and providing street art walks-and-talks with decent content. His work also refers to the acclimatisation these animals have achieved in increasingly urbanised environments. Enlarging the subject matter, ROA makes reference to the absurdity of the human attitude toward these animals, as well as toward their own roots and origin. He acts as both voyeur and commentator to the animals which he paints.
‘Hynagogia,’ ROA. Stolen Space gallery.
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