Monday, September 05, 2011

TRASH TALKIN': Modern Garbage Pail Kids Exhibition Brings Back The Good Bad Old Days

While over in this part of the globe they were called Garbage Gang Kids, in the 80's you still would've been hardpressed to find a little tyke running round without a few of their bubblegum stickers plastered over their schoolbooks, scrapbooks or suitcases.

Now L.A's Gallery 1988 is showcasing the franchise in an all-new light, with an exhibition featuring inde artists re-interpreting the concept, while still holding close to the puns and morbid shock factor that made the originals such a huge phenomenon.

As you can see, a fair chunk of the gallery goes to mixing in 80's and modern pop culture icons, like Marv from Sin City and RoboCop. My pick of all the artists on show is easily Rhys Copper (three of his contributions being the 'Joker', 'RoboCop' and 'Alien' riffs you see here), but believe me - that's not even the half of it!

For the full range of pieces on show at Gallery 1988, click here. For the prints available from the exhibition click here.

7 comments:

  1. dude, the Garbage Pail kids were in their heyday back when i was in elementary school i remember them well. my favorite one was this card of this grotesquely large sumo wrestler kid called "Ugh-Lee".

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  2. I can't remember my favourite Dave, but I used to swap my doubles of WWF cards for ones I thought looked the meanest. Still feels good seeing a blast from the past dusted off again.

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  3. Let me happily 2nd Dave's approval of this topic. I too owned, and own a few of these cards still. They were so wrong but in a cool and funny morbid way. Excellent material for an impressionable young mind like my own and a whole generation. Maybe that's why this world's so screwed up? Nahhhhh, couldn't be.

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  4. Maybe that's why the gum tasted so funny - all those subliminal messages embedded in it!

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  5. I found my entire collection in a box at my parents' house a few years ago. My kids loved them. Come to think of it, I haven't seen them since. My guess is I'll find them again in a box of my kids' crap 30 years from now.

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  6. Idk what gum you got in your pack, but mine tasted fine I think. Maybe some disgruntled employee messed w/ your batch. Silly kiwis.

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  7. The true kind of legacies huh Craig? I think mine are still in a scrapbook at Mum's in storage.

    Something had to be responsible for that taste Dale - most of my sticks went straight in the bin because of it!

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