Thing of the Day 

Roa at workROA, ROBOTS>>>>, PHLEGM...

February 24rd 2011

 I know we’ve probably gone on about the art of the ever prolific Roa a little too much in recent times here at Organ but he’s at it again and there can’t be too much Roa can there?

Does this man ever sleep? Is there a whole army of Roabots roaming the globe painting giant animals absolutely everywhere? (The answer to that is, no. It's just him, and some very long ladders.)  This time his work is on the walls of a warehouse behind a street in Camberwell where he’s working right now alongside Phelgm. Two of the most visually spectacular of the current crop of street artists who are pushing things a little beyond the same old stencils of the same old… 

Roa and Phlegm, have been busy painting in preparation for the Black/Light show. An event curated by and featuring the work of Robots>>>>. Robots>>>> are street art sculptors and Inside the Bussey Building the Robots team are creating their striking wooden robots installations. The installations will feature alongside video projections by Tali Clarke, with experimental bands playing and a week of events.
Here’s some blurb:

Black/Light phlegmBLACK/LIGHT promises to be a unique experience crossing street art with contemporary installation and sculpture as well as three music events with numerous experimental, noise and avant rock.
As you enter into darkness you are immediately handed a torch, inviting you to tentatively and quietly explore and discover the contents of the space. Recorded/Acoustic sounds will alert your attention as projections appear, illustrating tiny, ghostly figures scuttling around you, enigmatic and alluring, insect like humanoids are working at building large incomprehensible objects. These objects will slowly reveal themselves as a network of shanty like buildings that seem to form giant, lumbering humanistic forms with magnetic data tape spewing from their eyes and mouths. You follow a giant arm as it spans the room bracing itself onto the wall opposite. As if industrious animals have been hard at work while the rest of the world sleeps, building some kind of shrine like dwellings and through tiny doors strange interiors are evident with contradictory light sources, light bulbs that seem to consume rather than emit light.

Constructed from a beautifully exquisite tapestry of debris, various tones of wood and layered surfaces curve and lean, leading your eyes off into new darker corners. As the light from the torches scan the space further, shadows will swoop and twist creating a feeling of disorientation. Then as the light catches a reflective surface, the head of a giant rabbit or bird will glow frozen in your beam like a pagan’s god watching over this strange new place. Exotic hot-air balloons driven by illusive pilots and intrepid explorers surreptitiously populate this nocturnal world and as these images start to unfold they begin to form a narrative that makes its way into your subconscious, more projections appear and more illustrations begin to emerge from the darkness. Eventually as you weave your way around the whole space you discover that you are exploring a tiny city hidden away at the top of this disused warehouse in Peckham.

phlegm TALI CLARKE is a film maker, photographer, editor and multimedia artist. Making music videos, shorts and a documentary following ROBOTS>>>> on a three week build at Secret Garden Party featuring beautifully filmed, rare footage of elusive international graffiti artist ROA as well as an introduction to ROBOTS>>>> themselves.

 PHLEGM is also gaining the attention of the international street art arena. Painting large scale characters and designs in the public eye. An illustrator dedicated to self-publishing, he works with black ink, dip pen and various methods of printing. Creating intriguing designs and imagery that capture the imagination of all that experience them. These drawings find their way onto existing surfaces and walls transforming ordinary spaces into dreamlike worlds.

Robots>>>> ROBOTS>>> are an artist collective based in London and the South East of England. Working since the summer of 2009, Robots>>>> aim to shine a new light on public art, creating innovative yet accessible sculptures. Heavily influenced by comics, graffiti and the contents of skips, Robots>>>> have captured the interest of the art world and media and have recently appeared in print in The New York Times. Robots have embarked on a number of different projects, including music videos, gallery installations, city and country festivals, street art pieces and collaborations

Black Light BLACK/LIGHT opening night, 25th February  'A night of Street Art Installation and Noise' with performances by:-

Gum Takes Tooth

Pseudo Nippon

Lazarus and The Plane Crash

Negative Pegasus

Bad Guys


MC Wuzza

Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST 

Friday 25 Feb 11 - 06 Mar 11

Meanwhile, if that isn’t enough here’s a photo street art documentor Gwenie Fisher has sent our way - seems Roa has been getting rather expansive over in East London this month as well…

Giant Roa East London

Right then, enough of the Roa overkill for this week, tune in next week when a no doubt a giant bantha will appear on the side of the moon...

Explore more of Gwenie’s work here -

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