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ROA running Wild in the Abandoned Lots!! – Opens at Pure Evil Gallery Thursday

Sometimes you see a ROA piece and it looks like a real animal that might peel off the wall and come over and stomp on your head.  Or chomp off an ear. Chomp chomp chomp.

Our man Kriebel GETS THE STORY.

Kriebel! That’s his name; Our fearless videographer on the scene – Video shot like a wild animal itself has a camera strapped on it’s head, hurriedly and harriedly running through the jungle with un-glued urgency, freezing in place to stare at the giant-ish pig and huge pecking bird and many other creatures in the berserk brush-filled back lots of abandonment.

It is a bit long for my short attention span, and eventually the scariness of the bouncing video becomes more comic than creepy.  It’s wayyyyyyy beautiful.

Thanks to the fine and furry Charley Uzzell Edwards, accidental gallerist of PURE EVIL, who have somehow managed to coax ROA in for a show that starts Thursday.

Did I mention ROA’s coming to BROOKLYN NEXT MONTH?

Did I mention he’s doing a custom piece for the “Street Art New York” Silent Auction Benefit at Factory Fresh April 24th?

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ROA solo this week

The cities were once our pastures, fish once jumped from the rivers, storks once combed these streets. And that’s easy to forget — which is why the work of Graffiti artist ROA can be so powerful, existing in ruined, deserted industrial spaces of the city.


Solo Exhibition at Pure Evil Gallery 8th APRIL – 2nd MAY 2010

ROA’s eagerly anticipated UK solo debut opens in London this spring to exhibit his unique portrayal of large scale urban wildlife, disquietly cohabiting city streets, hand painted in his distinctive black and white style.

ROA started painting abandoned buildings and warehouses in the isolated industrial outskirts of his hometown – Ghent, Belgium. Fixating on the animals he found there; the wildlife became the central subject matter of his work, inspired by their clever ability to adapt into scavengers in order to survive. He used the dilapidated, coarse interiors and exteriors of the unyielding landscape as a canvas to portray his large-scale creatures.

Roa filled a vast abandoned warehouse complex of different chambers and exteriors with a menagerie of large-scale animals, creating an impressive spray painted zoo of city scavengers.

His obsession went global when he took to the streets of New York, London, Berlin, Warsaw and Paris, prolifically painting his trademark cross sectioned animals wherever he went, locating them where they naturally invade the main city streets with their quiet yet powerful presence.

Pure Evil Gallery is proud and extremely excited to present a new body of original artwork by ROA this spring, complete with street works in the local area. Look out for a new ROA city fox appearing on a street near you.

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