The artist Filthy Luker creates artwork which is generally pretty large. It is well summed up by the artist’s statement, so that follows. The works titled ‘Art Attacks’ are public incursions onto and into existing objects of many different sizes.
One painter and public artist, Filthy Luker, has decided to show us how he really feels about the built environment by attacking it. With art. Not one for modesty, Luker says “the art is sparkling with humor, recklessness, it forces you to look at the world in a new way.” These pieces, though, seem less like attacks than well-planned and conceived pieces of public art designed to perhaps look more rebellious than they really are. It seems like more and more cities want temporary pieces like these that don’t cost much and add an aura of hip to old spaces.
In one work, a 50-feet tall interactive space invader game was created using “road barriers” on Manchester’s town hall, which looks likes it’s being restored or repaired. Actual software, written by Jnr Hacksaw, lets passers-by press a button set on a bollard and shoot invaders. The new interactive art piece actually relieves the monotony of the construction tarps, turning what would temporarily be an underwhelming space into something fun, fresh.
Luker also likes to attack cities with octupus. Or perhaps it’s a kraken? Cities really enjoy the sea creatures, too, though. Singapore, Geneva, London, and Quito have commissioned pieces. Once he’s done with an installation, Luker calls these buildings and museums “octopied.” In this example from Geneva (immediately below), a vantage point over the water becomes a wild tangle of tentacles. There, a lighthouse is also transformed. The octupus moves on to Quito, Ecuador, and the UK.
See more of Luker’s Images work.
Name: Art Attacks
Type: Street Art, INSTALLATION
Artist: Filthy Luker
Text Description: © Courtesy of dirt.asla
Images: © Filthy Luker