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Space File (red)

Space File (red)
Signed Print


Screenprint, 2007
Signed Print Edition of 30

Critical Review

The alien depicted in this print is a repeated motif that runs throughout Invader’s work. The character is inspired by the popular arcade game, Space Invaders, created by Japanese game manufacturer Taito in 1978. The arcade game had a profound impact on the development of Invader’s artistic style and the artist’s use of pixels resonates strongly with the 8-bit visual register of arcade games.

As well as producing alien prints, Invader is known for his mosaics made using square, ceramic tiles. The artist has installed mosaics of aliens all over the world, in locations ranging from metropolitan cities to the ISS (the International Space Station). Invader has even installed a mosaic below sea level in the Cancun Bay in Mexico. The vast range of locations captures Invader’s desire to liberate art from the confines of institutions and galleries, making it more accessible to ordinary people.