ROA — Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa,
Mephitidae
mixed media
39.75 x 42.75 x 4 inches
(100.97 x 108.59 x 10.16 cm)

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Back From the Dead

Street artist ROA celebrates the return of New York's state animal as a metaphor for co-existence...

Belgian street artist ROA specialises in portraying animals — especially those who have been pushed out of their natural habitats by the encroachment of urban developments. For his latest show, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Ghent-born ROA has paid tribute to NY’s official state animal, the beaver, after the species was rediscovered in the region having previously been thought extinct. Often including anatomical details such as internal organs and skeletal structures which bring to mind the man-made deaths of roadkill, his creatures are prone, and at the mercy of the viewer, but the inclusion of the beaver suggests that all is not lost, and that man’s effect on the natural world need not be terminally destructive. This series of sculptural paintings, known collectively as Metazoa, suggests the fate of the animals is far from certain; through the use of sliding panels, hinges and mirrors, the menagerie exists as both alive and dead simultaneously.

As part of the event, ROA, who began his career painting abandoned warehouses and factories, is painting a public mural at a building owned by Mana Contemporary in New Jersey on the approach to the Holland Tunnel. The gallery exhibition on West 20th Street, NYC, runs until 2 May.

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ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Cervidae Tableau Dormant
mixed media
48 x 96.25 x 2 inches
(121.92 x 244.48 x 5.08 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
NY Canidae
mixed media
20 x 88 x 3.75 inches
(50.8 x 223.52 x 9.53 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae
mixed media
71.75 x 67.25 x 3.75 inches
(182.25 x 170.82 x 9.53 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Cabinet Specula Crania
mixed media
30.5 x 34 x 11 inches
(77.47 x 86.36 x 27.94 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Sylvilagus Audubonii
mixed media
32 x 44.5 x 2.5 inches
(81.28 x 113.03 x 6.35 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
NJ Collage
mixed media
33.75 x 43.5 x 2.5 inches
(85.73 x 110.49 x 6.35 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Erethizon Dorsatum
mixed media
59 x 48 x 3 inches
(149.86 x 121.92 x 7.62 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae
mixed media
71.75 x 67.25 x 3.75 inches
(182.25 x 170.82 x 9.53 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Mephitidae
mixed media
39.75 x 42.75 x 4 inches
(100.97 x 108.59 x 10.16 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Strigiformes
mixed media
30 1/2 x 34 x 11 inches
(77.47 x 86.36 x 27.94 cm)

ROA Metazoa at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Roa
Sturnus Vulgaris
mixed media
33.25 x 42 x 3.25 inches
84.46 x 106.68 x 8.26 cm)

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