When I was in high school, my older cousins took me on a trip to New York City and introduced me to a bustling city full of restaurants, museums, shops, and art galleries. One of the ones that we were blown away by was Banksy’s first official exhibition – The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill.
That experience drew me to the entire world of street art. Although ancient and abstract art are generally my favorite, what attracts me to street art is that it is accessible to the public. Outside of the traditional context of museums and technical skill, street art invokes different feelings and makes our world a canvas. Plain buildings, sidewalks, and streets are elevated beyond just being functional.
When I heard Invader was having an exhibit in LA over break, I knew I had to stop by. As a huge fan of videogames and the 8-bit style, I really enjoy how creative his pieces are and how they’re placed in highly visible places in major cities. At the very least, they typically draw a smile. At most, they make people stop and think.
Hosted by Over The Influence in the Arts District, the exhibit – Into the white cube – showcased two decades worth of Invader’s iconic mosaics and a little film about launching a couple of pieces into space!
It was incredible seeing so many of them in one space. I had seen about a dozen in real life in Los Angeles, New York City, Hong Kong, Paris, and London, but this exhibit showed me the wide range of ideas Invader worked with. It would be fun to make some mini ones for my own apartment!
If you want to see all of the places he’s invaded, check out his website here: space-invaders.com/world
Published on January 21st, 2019
Last updated on April 1st, 2021