MASS A-PEEL : Original Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages Paintings by LUIS DIAZ
November 14th- December 5th
November 14th, 7-11pm
Harold Golen Gallery
(Wynwood Art District)
2294 North West 2nd Avenue
Miami, Fl, 33127
Painter and Illustrator Luis Diaz collected Garbage Pail Kids card/stickers by Topps, like many other kids in ’86-88. Not realizing the artwork on the cards were a strong influence in his art, he never thought of GPK’s again till some time in college and felt the 80’s were slowly creeping into everyone’s subconscious. Hearing about GPK’s being re-released from a friend, he was suddenly transported to that world again and decided he wanted to find out if there’s a possibility if he can be involved in the series. He contacted several past GPK’s artists after doing some digging online and found the address to send samples of his work to Topps.
Several months later he received a call from Topps accepting his work, which for Luis was a dream come true!
Garbage Pail Kids were originally released in 1985 and designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts, which were immensely popular at the time. Each card/sticker featured a Garbage Pail Kid character, with some comical abnormality and/or suffering some terrible fate, and a humorous, word play-rich character name.
Luis created over 40 paintings for the new GPKs and Wacky Packages.
Wacky Pacakges are a series of trading cards featuring parodies of American consumer products. The cards were produced by the Topps Company beginning in 1967, usually in a sticker format, the cards spoofed well-known brands and packaging, such as “Crust” (instead of Crest) toothpaste, “Blisterine” (instead of Listerine), and “Neveready” batteries (for Eveready Industries batteries).
Now at the Harold Golen Gallery is your rare opportunity to own an original Garbage Pail Kids and or Wacky Packages painting by luis Diaz in his one man show, that is not to be missed !