TAGLIALATELLA GALLERIES NEW YORK
TAGLIALATELLA GALLERIES NEW YORK
Taglialatella Galleries presents INVADER 1UP, an exhibition displaying an unprecedented variety of Invader artworks secured from the secondary market, including iconic original works such as rare sculptural compilations and paintings, as well as limited editions from past exhibitions and prior "Invasions".
Inspired by his love of early video games, Invader recreates the magic of 8-bit characters, bringing them to life in the real world with mosaics, drawings, sculptures, and limited edition prints. While most of the iconic images from your local 1980’s arcade are fair “game” to Invader, Pac Man is arguably the artist’s most revisited subject, after his many characters from Space Invaders.
Prisoners was the artist’s first Pac Man-themed print, signed and numbered as a limited edition in 2007, followed by the Aladdin Sane series in 2014. Aladdin Sane is one of Invader’s most popular series, inspired by David Bowie’s painted face from the cover of his famous album with the same name.
To date, Invader has visited 79 countries, 5 continents, and installed close to 4,000 works. While Parisians are accustomed to seeing Invader mosaics on the streets of France, residents of countries including Bhutan, Morocco, Nepal, Slovenia and, most recently, Tunisia have been recently introduced to pixelated creatures and friends of the artist. Taglialatella Galleries has a variety of original works on display in 1UP, including unique works from America, China, France, and even India.
In 2014, Invader embarked on his sixth Invasion, but this time, aiming to conquer Hong Kong. The artist had many prior trips, or “waves,” through the area, and many of his pop culture inspirations originated in that part of the world, including the cartoon character Hong Kong Phooey, actor Bruce Lee, Pac Man, and many other classic arcade games, like Kung Fu.
By now, the artist’s beloved scooter had seen more invasions than even his invasion maps could count, carrying the artist from city to city and country to country while he installed tiles and cubes along the way. As a tribute to his travel companion and cohort, Invader produced a special limited edition lithograph (numbered to 88 for good luck to the locals), of his famed scooter, which had been tagged by friends and fellow graffiti artists who met Invader over the years. The artist successfully invaded Hong Kong with 75 different installations, including one character constructed of vintage tiles from France circa the 1930’s.
In 2018, Invader traveled to Los Angeles to take over the City of Angels with a “cast” of hollywood-centric characters, including mosaic film reels, odes to classic movies including The Big Lebowski and Star Wars, and works inspired by regional favorites of Southern California such as sunsets, avocados and of course legal marijuana Invader’s appropriately coined “Hollyweed”.
During his time in LA, representative gallery Over the Influence hosted a solo show called “Into the White Cube”, releasing various prints, tile-covered books, and a substantial collection of “Alias” works. An Alias is what Invader calls a work that he originally installed in public and later recreated as a studio piece, meant to be displayed on the walls of an apartment or house, or even to display within a “white cube” gallery/museum space.
In 2014 the Provocateurs portfolio was a collaboration between 10 artists who agreed to produce a set of affordable, limited edition screenprints on paper, meant for fans and collectors who might not otherwise be able to collect their works. Invader participated by creating his version of the Marlboro cigarette pack, followed one year later by Marlboro’s historical counterpart, Camel.
Invader began creating works by stacking Rubik’s cubes into compilations around 2004, manipulating the moveable tiles until the various colors and cubes compose an image. The visual effect is similar to that explored by pointillist painters and cubist artists in the past. Invader calls this medium “Rubikcubism” and suggests that visitors to his exhibitions and installations view the busier works from a distance, or by use of a camera or cell phone. This medium has become one of the artists most sought-after, selling at record numbers in auction houses around the world.