Street Artist ROA Invites the Public to Play with Animals in New Chelsea Exhibit
By Aymann Ismail
Belgian street artist ROA is known for creating massive murals of woodland creatures (and their anatomies) in cities all around the world. The gargantuan animals he inserts into gritty urban landscapes make for some very interesting juxtapositions. When it comes to his galleries shows though, ROA doesn’t just mimic the stuff he does on the street. For his latest exhibit, “Metazoa” at Jonathan Levine Gallery, people are encouraged to do something that’s traditionally frowned upon: They’re invited to touch the art, making the entire body of work interactive IRL.
The pieces are comprised of painted wood panels that can be opened or slid to uncover new anatomical layers for his zoo-like assemble of animals. To best highlight how the work can be altered when it’s touched, I shot the entire show in GIF form.