The Rubik's Invasion - Trends-Tendances sur PC

The Rubik’s Invasion – Trends-Tendances sur PC

Invader Rubikcubist, such is the title of the exhibition which is held until January 8, 2023 at the Mima in Molenbeek, on the edge of the canal. Host of the Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art: French street-artist Invader, made famous for his mosaic art. Forget your bathroom tiles and other azulejos since it is a type of mosaic taking…

Invader Rubikcubist, such is the title of the exhibition which is held until January 8, 2023 at the Mima in Molenbeek, on the edge of the canal. Host of the Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art: French street-artist Invader, made famous for his mosaic art. Forget your bathroom tiles and other azulejos since this is a type of mosaic modeled on video games and pixelization specific to the 1970s-1980s, drawing on arcades and totems like Space Invaders, Pac-Man and other Super Mario Bros. At Mima, Invader is however inspired by another devouring stereotype: the one created in 1974 by the Hungarian Erno Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube. As a reminder, this three-dimensional geometric puzzle, made up of 26 switchable elements, is considered solved when the same colors are completely aligned on the six faces of the cube. In the vast maze of the museum, Invader is therefore presenting for the first time an exhibition entirely dedicated to Rubikcubism. The term, coined by the author in 2005, is obviously taken from the game but here applied to a series of paintings and sculptures. That is a hundred works on four floors. Some creations aim for abstraction while others draw more figurative intentions. But always by means of a form (the colors and forms of the Rubik’s cube) which blur the original subject, occasionally arousing a happy questioning in the visitor. Among these pieces, we think we recognize a man armed with a rifle, a middle finger (?) but also the cover of the Rock’n’Roll Animal album by Lou Reed (photo), a live recording released in early 1974. Enough to make you want to listen to Sweet Jane again and other masterpieces from the disc in question.

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