Tokyo Invaders by Alexander Gelman

The two stylized approximations of the Chinese characters used for “Tokyo” are reminiscent of the famous Space Invaders video game. Is Tokyo being invaded, and if so, by who? By what? Or is it we who are being overwhelmed by Tokyo’s stylistic powers?


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White body, Cyan & Magenta inks

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Turquoise body, Gold foil


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In 2001 The Museum of Modern Art listed Alexander Gelman among the “world’s most influential modern and contemporary artists in all media.” Alexander Gelman (known simply as ‘Gelman’ or ‘Glmn’) spends summers in Europe, winters in LA and divides the autumn and spring time between his residences in New York and Tokyo. Gelman’s work, widely shown around the world, is part of private and public permanent collections. Among them the Smithsonian, the New York’s MoMA, and Bibliothèque National de France in Paris. Besides pursuing his personal work Gelman frequently collaborates with musicians and artists, as well as companies and institutions. His products, television commercials, music videos and media installations blur the boundaries between art, media, science and popular culture. Some of his most recent collaborations include projects with Apple, Nike, Target, Warp Records and Tomorrowland.

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