For the love of the lowly cassette tape everywhere… shown above (click on picture to go to each item) is my collection of must have 80s nostalgic tape induced crafty memorabilia… no other form of musical record has affected budding relationships and romances the world over than the “I made you a Mix Tape” tape where we’d pour our hearts out through power ballads and music with meaning hoping that the cassette tapes intendee would listen between the lines and fall head over heels… what fun and freedom to be your own DJ! Surly the music that means so much, must surly touch the hearts of my unrequited love in the same way? Surely not. Pah!
This kind of “hands on” art truly excites me – I mean how freaking cool is that?
Painting without the paint! Hurrah for no clean up!
Keeping his identity hidden the Invader is known mainly for his street art of mosaic tiled characters from the classic arcade game – Space Invaders.
Invading cities all over the world installing the mosaics on those places frequented by many people and more obscure locations. Other sites include the Hollywood sign and Jacques Chirac’s lapel… Check out his invasions here.
As a logical next step to his work he uses Rubik’s Cubes to build up striking images, coming fully equipped with the pixel like colourful squares to make up the desired image. Thus Rubikscubism was born. He says in one interview – “The Rubik’s Cube is a fascinating object being very simple and very complex at the same time. The cube has over 43 billion different color combinations.”
Growing up a bona fide kid of the eighties it was hard to miss the new graphic world that surrounded me. My sister in her polka dot t-shirt that made up a picture of Madonna, my bedroom a blur now of dots and dashes, bright red wardrobes stand blocking old Victoria Plum wallpaper… People swishing passed me noisily in the mis-matching shell “suits” -angrily playing with their Rubik Cubes (or just trying to peal the stickers off)
I applaud the use of Rubiks cubes in this way, loving the idea of re-using something so recognisable to us as one form to be re-invented in another.
If you’re itching to buy one (or perhaps a big box full?) check out the lovely Toyday for all your retro and traditional toy needs!