When it comes to visual culture kind of stuff I’m a big fan of the bluechips like Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Invader. Living in NYC for the last couple of years has been great to see all of them in action both outside and inside. Banksy was flying around on walls marking up rats and presented a great pet store. Shepard Fairey had a show that I missed (though there used to be a lot of stuff outside) but saw him in action trying to defend what had happened in Boston. So it was only fitting to see Invader selling some of his work inside since there’s a bunch of it floating around outside.
I’ve never been a person to look badly at how people/artists want to distribute their work. If they want to go inside and have representation—great for them. The more people that can see something the better. But after seeing Invader’s Top Ten show I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. I think it was a combination him trying to hard with the rubik’s cube to make a replica of something of meaningful to older generation (album art), and turning what he’s know for (invader characters) into cheap disco ball replicas.
On the flip side, I’ve noticed a couple new pieces of his outside (and one that’s been cleaned up) that I think are great. I came across a rainbow character on Bowery and a QR code on Greene St. Having seen those pop up and knowing that Invader had a show on, only added to my enthusiasm. Unfortunately that energy never really got off the ground inside. I have no doubt that everything that he has up for sale will be sold and to an extent that will be seen as a success. But over time when that stuff is compared en masse it might seem a bit out of context and possibly tacky.