Space Invader (French, 1969)
RUBIK KUBRIK II JACK NICHOLSON , 2007 Screenprint on paper Numbered in pencil lower left "XX/300" with POW blindstamp 19 4/5 by 27 3/5 inches
Ditching spray cans for tile and grout, Space Invader is well known internationally for his pixel aesthetic figures that grace building facades in major cities across the globe. In 2000, Invader invaded the world of Contemporary Art creating and exhibiting his pieces to sell in brick and mortar galleries. Shown in Paris and Los Angeles, Rubrik Kubrick II Jack Nicholoson was exhibited as part of Invader’s breakout show Rubikcubism. The image, done in the style of the popular Rubik Cube toy, is a scene of Stanley Kubrik's horror film The Shining.
Space Invader - Rubik Kubrick II (Unsigned)
Screenprint from the unsigned edition of 300
published by Pictures on Walls in 2007
27 3/5 × 19 7/10 in
70 × 50 cm
“Going into a city with tiles and cement and invading it,” says anonymous French street artist Invader of his craft.
“This is the most addictive game I have ever played.”
Invader began his signature practice in the late 1990s, plastering mosaic Space Invaders, a character from a 1978 Atari game, on the streets of Paris.
Joined by Pac-Man ghosts and other popular 8-bit characters, the works soon became a familiar sight in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Kathmandu.
“Each time I put a new piece in the street, it is like a memorable exhibit,” he says.
Invader’s signature use of mosaic tiles is a reference to the ubiquitous pixels of digital imaging and information.