July 2, 2019

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Wendy Rodrigues

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Invader Was Here

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I was introduced to Invader’s work by my roommate Eesha while in Aix- en- Provence, France on an exchange program last year. I have always been on the lookout for his work ever since and make sure to send Eesha a picture each time I spot some of his work. …

I was introduced to Invader’s work by my roommate Eesha while in Aix- en- Provence, France on an exchange program last year. I have always been on the lookout for his work ever since and make sure to send Eesha a picture each time I spot some of his work. I was thrilled to see some of his work while walking around SoHo during my lunch break and I knew I had to do a post on his work!

Franck Slama aka Invader is a French urban artist who is widely known for his ceramic tile mosaics that depict the pixelated art of the 70s and 80s video games. He got the name invader because many of his art pieces depict titular aliens from the game Space Invaders. His work can be seen in over 65 cities in 33 countries. Invader usually publishes books and maps to guide people to the locations of the installations.

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A smell of spring… #spaceflowers

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Invader identifies as an Unidentified Free Artist. He uses Invader as a pseudonym and always appears behind a mask so as to keep himself unidentified even as visitors are standing right by him. He works with a few people on this project and it is very confidential. Invader describes his work as contemporary art, game, graffiti and street art.

It is first of all about liberating Art from its usual alienators that museums or institutions can be. But it is also about freeing the Space Invaders from their video games TV screens and to bring them in our physical world. Everything started the day I decided to give a material appearance to pixelization through ceramic tiles. I first wanted to create a series of “canvases” but I soon realised that tiles were the perfect material to display these pieces directly on the walls. I then had the idea of deploying my creatures on the walls of Paris and soon after in cities around the world. Each of these unique pieces become the fragment of a tentacular installation.

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Tea time ! New piece in #london

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Invader’s work will always continue to fascinate me and bring a smile to my face. I truly love the detail he’s able to achieve by using only square tiles. Listed below is all the spots you can find invaders work in the city!

Manhattan:

  1. Lower East Side: On Ludlow St, between E. Houston & Stanton, look across from the Hotel Indigo, for a classic Invader
  2. Lower East Side: Also on Ludlow, between Delancey & Broome, look up on the east side of the street for a crowned Invader.
  3. Lower East Side: On Broome St, between Allen & Eldridge, look above the pizza shop awning for Leonardo of the TMNT.
  4. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between Broome & Delancey, look up on the east side of the street for Michelangelo of the TMNT.
  5. Lower East Side: On the intersection of Kenmare & Mott, look above the doorway for a spray-can piece.
  6. Lower East Side: On Mulberry St, between Grand & Hester, look up on the east side of the street for superhero character.
  7. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between E. Houston & Stanton, look up on the east side of the street for a drinking Invader.
  8. Lower East Side: On Lafayette St, between Prince & Spring, look up on the east side of the street for a flowery Invader.
  9. Lower East Side: On Orchard St, between Stanton & Rivington, look up on the west side of the street for a soda can.
  10. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between Hester & Canal, look up on the fire escapes on the west side of the street, for a strip of Invaders.
  11. Chinatown: On Division & Orchard, look up on the west corner, for Raphael of the TMNT.
  12. Chinatown: On Canal St, btwn Rutgers & Ludlow, look up on the south side of the street for a classic Invader.
  13. East Village: On Avenue A, between E. 9th & E. 8th, look up on the corner for a classic Invader.
  14. East Village: On St Marks Place, look above Crooked Tree for a mosaic of Lou Reed.
  15. East Village: On Avenue A & E. 3rd, look up on the northeast corner for a classic Invader.
  16. East Village: On Bowery & Great Jones St, look up on the southwest corner for a beat-up Invader.
  17. East Village: On Houston & Bowery (to the left of the Bowery Mural), look up for a colorful Invader.
  18. West Village: On 6th Ave & Waverly Place, look above the diner for a burger-chomping Invader.
  19. West Village: On Minetta & Bleecker, look up above the cafe for two classic Invaders
  20. Chelsea: On W. 14th St, between 8th & 9th Aves, look up on the south side of the street for a large Big Apple Invader.
  21. Chelsea: On W. 22nd St, btwn 10th & 11th, look on the south side of the street for a Pac Man ghost-style Invader.
  22. Chelsea: On W. 38th St, btwn 10th & 9th Aves, look on the north side of the street for a red Invader with mirror eyes.
  23. Meatpacking District: On Washington St, between E. 13th & Little W. 12th, look up on the west side, under the Standard hotel, for Buster Bunny
  24. Meatpacking District: On 10th Ave & W. 17th St, look above Artichoke Pizza for Donatello of the TMNT.
  25. Tribeca: On Thompson St, between Broome & Watts, look up, on the west side of the building, for a rainbow Invader.
  26. Hudson Square: At Pier 40, look on the south end of the building for a classic Invader.
  27. Hudson Square: On Varick St, between Downing & Clarkson, look up on the west side of the street for a classic Invader.
  28. Upper East Side: On E 61st St, between 2nd & 3rd Aves, look up above a doorway on the south side of the street, for a key-holding Invader
  29. Upper East Side: On 2nd Ave, between E. 94th & E. 95th, look up on the west side of the street for a flowery Invader.
  30. Williamsburg Bridge: On the pedestrian path of this bridge, closer to Manhattan, just before the FDR Drive, look to the right on the tower. On the arch, there is a small Invader facing west.

Brooklyn:

  1. Bushwick: On Troutman St, between Wyckoff & Irving, keeping looking up on the west side of the street for a tribute to Cost & ENX.
  2. Bushwick: On Gardner St, between Johnson Ave & Randolph St, look up on the west side of the street for Joey Ramone.
  3. Williamsburg: On Bedford Ave, by S 5th St, look up on the NE corner for a beat-up orange Invader.
  4. Williamsburg: On the SE corner of Metropolitan & Wythe, look up for a tribute to NYC graffiti legends Rev & Cost.
  5. South Williamsburg: At Broadway, between Keap & Rodney Sts, look above KidSuper for a classic Invader.
  6. Greenpoint: At the corner of Nassau & Kingsland, look above Vinnie’s Pizzeria for pizza-munching Invader.
  7. Bed-Stuy: On St. Johns Place, between Utica & Rochester, look up on the south side of the street for a speeding Invader.