Invader

There are many art works displayed in random buildings in cities around the world by various street artists who usually have an alias. Artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey explore different city streets globally where they set their visual masterpieces for the public to spectate. There is one street artist who is known for depicting popular characters from 8-bit video games in his art works including Space Invaders, which is the inspiration for his pseudonym, Invader. Although his actual name isn’t known and his face is pixilated in his rare interview appearances, Invader prefers to maintain the public’s attention solely on his creative pieces.

One of Invader’s most popular works floats on a city wall located in Bilbao, Spain. The wall is invaded by the ghosts from the popular third-generation game Pac Man, and each of the ghosts can be seen making an appearance in their original pixilated form. In order to achieve such a pixel-like illusion, Invader uses mosaic tiles to form all of the phantoms’ details, including their eyes. It is a technique used not only for his Pac Man related pieces but for all of his other masterpieces spread throughout the world as well.

According to Invader, the digital characters he recreates through his pieces are a representation of them escaping the 8-bit graphic world and entering reality. That notion stands well with many of his ‘invasions’ that have successfully marked their territories across the globe. Currently, Invader has mastered 3,687 art works in 77 cities from countries that include the U.S., China, England, Brazil and France, the latter being the street artist’s home country. Just like in the games that house the creatures that he liberates on the streets at night, there is a score that Invader assigns to each piece he creates. The score ranges from 10-100 and each city earns its ranking by adding their scores.

Although it might seem like these invasions are displayed in random places, there are some compelling sites where Invader has been that take great exertion for his fans to get to. One such site rests in the depths of the Ocean in Cancun, Mexico where only experienced scuba divers can explore the underwater invasions. Another interesting place where one of his Space Invaders is located is in a ski lift in Anzère, Switzerland, and the highest one, called SPACE2, lives in the International Space Station.

In order to create his invasions, Invader uses guerilla tactics where 20 to 50 Space Invaders are placed in targeted cities at night while he wears a mask. The mosaics are illegally constructed on various sites, and as a result Invader has been arrested more than once and some of his artwork has been torn down. Although for the most part Invader’s pieces remain complete in their full forms, he calculates that around 15 percent of his Space Invaders are no longer on display, and much of the reason has to do with vandalism. Regardless, Invader’s creative pieces remain admired and anyone who finds one of them will feel like they have been transported into a 70’s pixilated video game.

 

 

 

Calçada Portuguesa

Portugal is a country filled with beauty at every turn. With its majestic tall buildings and quaint towns, it’s certain any tourist will find more than enough to please their eyes. One thing that Portugal is specifically known for its calçada Portuguesa, or Portuguese pavement, which conspicuously stands out from the rest of the architecture around it. This is due to the wondrous art shapes and images that they consist of which vary from diamonds to roses, depending on the city where they are located. Luckily, these cobbled streets can be observed in almost every city in Portugal, which can save the hassle of transport.

Some of the most interesting Portuguese pavements are located in Lisbon, where they are present in almost any public space. A motif that appears constantly as you walk down the artistic streets of the city is that of endless dark waves. This is a design that compliments the limestone, which is the material used to construct them, by creating the illusion of an undulating shiny ocean. The shapes delight the eyes almost instantly as the grander size of the pavements inspires astonishment at first sight, a feat worthy of applause and attention in itself.

There are many other of these mosaic pavements laid across the country with their own shapes and patterns. Some are even made out of basalt as well, but streets constructed of such rocks are located in certain spots like the volcanic islands of Madeira and the Azores. It is very common to see a black and white colored calçada, and there are some that make an exception and add a tint of red from the basalt. The pavements require precise craftsmanship in order to make the mosaic patterns come to life, as each limestone has to be laid diagonally with a gap no bigger than 2 mm.

Creating these pavements definitely requires great skill. Unfortunately, it is a dying profession due mainly to the low wage that it pays and the long time that is required to make them. As a result, future pavers are losing interest in the cobblestone art. With the high cost that it takes Portugal to maintain the pavements, some are at risk of disappearing and being replaced by normal concrete. Another reason for the replacement of the Portuguese cobblestone roads is that they can be extremely dangerous to walk on, especially on rainy days when the limestone gets slippery and accidents are prone to occur.

One doesn’t have to travel to Portugal to see these bewildering mosaic streets since they can also be found in other parts of the world like Brazil. They are equally eye catching and many contain patterns and images unique to the pavements that reside in their country of origin. The materials that make them allow for their beauty to be savored during daytime as sunlight reflects effortlessly off the pavements. With admirable art patterns to step on, and Portuguese souvenirs inspired by them, the calçada Portuguesa is something that Portugal knows is worth preserving.

 

 

How Snapchat Nudes Were Turned Into Art by the Most Famous Artist

Nude Art

Nude photography is a form of art that never dies. It has all the appeal and praise that general viewers crave, mainly for the beauty but also for the courageous effort that it takes to exhibit it. There is nothing else in the artistic world like it, a fact that is apparent when taking factors like exploitation and vulgarity of the body into consideration. In a way, it’s the ultimate form of demonstrating self-expression, through the use of the naked anatomy, to state an important idea or philosophy. Contemporary artist Matty Mo is fully aware of this and has dabbled in such risqué practices in the past.

Known as “The Most Famous Artist,” Mo has worked with various other artists and has hosted some enticing art exhibitions. Most notably, one of Mo’s exhibitions involved displaying nude snapchat pictures, which were interestingly turned into art. It was a brilliant move that began as a joke with no basis for success in existence, until Mo’s birthday arrived. He asked his fans and followers to send him nude snaps with written text stating Happy Birthday #TheMostFamousArtist, and in return he promised them the chance to be famous. It didn’t take long for him to receive 500 nude snaps, and from those he strategically chose the top 42 shots to display to the public.

Although his exhibition, which was in the New York TriBeCa area, consisted of a subject that is in some ways taboo, it was the product of a very good economic outcome for him and his creative team. At first, people walked through the exhibition with looks of utter disgust in their faces, but when the story behind the snaps was told, his shots glistened with attention in the building lights. He began selling the pictures whose value was determined by the size of the print. The price for a small size was $200, medium size was $600 and $1000 for a large piece.

Nevertheless, Mo expected something more from the exhibition than simply wide stares and some expected grunts. He wanted to make a statement about society through the nude art pieces. His view on contemporary society and the present generation were reflected through the snaps he received, which proved his point that Snapchat is a technology platform where people share nude content freely and regularly. Snapchat makes a profit from all of the pictures that people are sending and receiving, and his art exhibition was a comment on that as well. Thus, he explained that what he did, put up pictures of exploitative content he received from random people, was no different than what Snapchat does.

With such a bold move, Mo received DMs from the people whose nude snaps were chosen and turned into art pieces where, for the most part, they thanked him for the opportunity to be a part of the creative show. The pictures he chose consisted of men and women and were used solely for the purpose of commentating on how they reflect today’s society. He was relieved that the messages mainly contained positive reactions, an aspect which assured him that he wasn’t alone when it came to making an important statement about Snapchat.

Mo expects that his art works can convey deep and significant messages so that his viewers can get in his mind. The nude snap art exhibition managed to do that in a valiant manner. Aside from making a statement about snapchat, the snaps laid a clear statement about society which insisted that people are willing to exploit themselves if it means they will have the chance to become famous. Recently, Mo has planned a bolder move. He’s been the subject of a controversial topic which involves him amputating his arm and placing it in a formaldehyde tank to sell for 10 million dollars, a reference to Damien Hirst who sold a stuffed shark placed in a fish tank to Charles Saatchi for the same price.