The Rubik Country Life print emerges from Invader’s playful series of three-dimensional sculptures that adapt characters and icons from global popular culture to his own artistic language. Rubik Country Life...
The Rubik Country Life print emerges from Invader’s playful series of three-dimensional sculptures that adapt characters and icons from global popular culture to his own artistic language.
Rubik Country Life is a highlight from Invader’s series ‘Rubik Low Fidelity’, which is dedicated to music, a significant source of his inspiration. For this series, he selected famous album cover art. The series title is a play on the high quality or ‘fidelity’ of sound on LPs, and the ‘low fidelity’ of pixelated images, like those created through his ‘Rubikcubism’ process. Recreated through one of Invader’s mediums of choice – variously manipulated Rubik’s Cubes – highly stylised images emerge.
This 100 x 100 cm Diasec-mounted Giclée print on aluminium composite panel, created in collaboration with HENI Editions, is derived from the artwork RUBIK COUNTRY LIFE, executed in 2009. It was based on the revolutionary cover art for the Roxy Music’s album ‘Country Life’ (1974). While the album was well received, the cover art was considered controversial for its semi-nude models captured in suggestive poses.
Invader appropriated this problematic image and reworked it through his subversive method. In this print, the models’ bodies and poses are immediately recognisable, yet their eroticism is made less conspicuous through the process of abstraction. The models’ alluring facial expressions are concealed, with their bodies coalescing through glossy squares of white and orange. Like in many of Invader’s more complex creations, the full picture can only be gleaned at a distance, or through the additional barrier of a smartphone camera.