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Invader Low Fidelity at Lazarides 14 th August – 17 th September 2009

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Lazarides proudly presents Low Fidelity , an exhibition of all new works by Invader, theFrench artist internationally recognised for the ubiquitous placement of his logo inspired bythe 1970s computer game figure ‘Space Invader’.

Showcased within the Rathbone gallery, Low Fidelity will feature all new works from theseries ‘Rubikcubism’. Using the famous 80’s puzzle game’s cubes as pixels, the artist hasrecreated album covers by rock bands such as the Velvet Underground, The Cure, RoxyMusic, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

In addition to these classic images as well as aselection of sculptures and original works on paper, Invader has taken the pixelated imageone step further crafting his very own ‘barcodes’. These abstract works are only discernable with the aid of a mobile phone digital camera, the image from which is then ‘decoded’ intoa text message.Employing modern technology as well as iconic imagery from the dawn of the digital age,the significance of this now global and literal “invasion” of public space, both inside thegallery and outside on urban streets, becomes evident as a commentary of this day and age.

Invader’s work remains a direct response to how technological developments in the pastdecades have influenced both social interaction, and mass contemporary culture. Despite the many challenges posed by installing works on the street including inclementweather, theft by enthusiasts and multiple arrests whilst on his ‘missions’, Invader has successfully placed over a thousand of the iconic mosaic ‘space invader’ tile works in citiesacross the world.

The project, which begun over a decade ago in Paris, has since spread toover 35 cities including London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Istanbul andVaranasi. Installed on walls, under bridges and on well-known monuments such as LA’siconic ‘Hollywood’ sign, the meticulously charted locations strictly follow a set of numericand aesthetic rules instituted by Invader in his global game. Followers hip to the artist’sways will cleverly note that when viewed on the map his mosaics in Montpellier form theimage of a ‘Space Invader’.

The exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone will run from the 14 th August through the 17 th September.

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