Rubik Abbey Road is a signed screen print made in 2009 by the critically acclaimed French street artist Invader. Coming in an edition size of 50 the print shows a mosaic version of the iconic Beatles album cover, Abbey Road. Composed of hundreds of tiny colourful pixels, Invader recreates the album cover which shows the four members of the popular British band dressed in suits, walking across a zebra crossing in North West London.
Rubik Abbey Road is part of Invader’s Rubikcubism collection which features various prints all inspired by the combination puzzle created by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik in 1974. Invader defines Rubikcubism as a ‘fine art school developed in Paris in the early 21st century and characterised by the use of Rubik’s Cubes as a medium.’ The movement resonates with Pointillism and the paintings of Georges Seurat in which the artist produced detailed landscapes out of hundreds of tiny spots.
The Rubik’s Cube is a 3x3 cube which has six different coloured faces. Invader skilfully manipulates the colourful cubes to produce intricate designs ranging from album covers like this print to portraits of iconic film characters like Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick’s horror film, The Shining. As well as producing portraits of popular figures and album covers, Invader has also made simpler prints which feature grids of cubes arranged meticulously next to one another.