Exclusive Reveal: Guzu Gallery Presents: Children of the 80s – An Art Exhibition Celebrating Cartoons & Toys from the Raddest Decade Ever!

Guzu Gallery in Austin, Texas is about to unleash a cavalcade of awesomeness.  On August 1st, they open their doors to a new show inspired by MY YOUTH!  Ok, so it’s not specifically about ME per say BUT, the 80’s in general.  The new exhibit, “Children of the 80s” takes a look at cartoons and toys from the time BEFORE DVRs, BEFORE iPads, BEFORE XBOX.

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24 artists give us their take on “the raddest decade ever” and after seeing some of their work below, it’s going to be a great show.  Here is what GUZU had to say about the exhibit in their official press release.

For the generation of children who grew up in the so-called “Decade of Excess”, everything that was important about the 80s, everything that mattered, happened on Saturday morning. Forget the Cold War and the war against drugs. Forget the Iran-Contra Scandal. It was all about Saturday morning! 

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Title: The Search for Keldor (1880-1946)

Inspired By: Masters of the Universe

Artist: Isaak Ramos

Format: Giclée Art Print

So many awesome cartoons! So many awesome toy commercials! Every cartoon had a toy line and every toy line had its cartoon (yes, kids actually played with toys a very, very long time ago). It was a magical era for sure…and Guzu intends to serve up a slice of that nostalgia this summer at their art exhibition titled Children of the 80s. Join Guzu Gallery as they celebrate the cartoons and toys from the raddest decade ever!

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Title: Bebop & Rocksteady
Inspired By: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Artist: Justin DeVine
Format: Giclée Art Print

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Title: Jem & Pizzazz
Inspired By: Jem and the Holograms
Artist: Half-Human
Format: Screen Print (7 colors, incl. glitter varnish)

Evil-Lyn_Brereton_1000pxTitle: Evil-Lyn
Inspired By: Masters of the Universe
Artist: Dan Brereton
Format: Giclée Art Print

The opening reception will be on Friday, August 1st from 7 to 10pm and the artwork will remain up through August 30th. Be sure to sport your best (or worst) 80s attire! Blue eyeliner, leg warmers, hair by Aqua Net and Members Only jackets are encouraged (as is wearing your sunglasses at night). There will be a live performance and 80s/Synthwave DJ set with retro visuals by Who Ha on opening night. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Miller Lite, featuring the original white can (for added old-school authenticity). Guzu will also be featuring an array of vintage toys from the collection of Outlaw Moon Games & Toys. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

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Title: Alone in Kyoto
Inspired By: G.I. Joe
Artist: Half-Human
Format: Screen Print

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Title: Code Name: B.A.T.s
Inspired By: G.I. Joe
Artist: Nathan Walker
Format: Screen Print

Click the link below to see an exclusive reveal of a new piece for the show by Sal Gabriel.  If the name sounds familiar it’s because Sal runs the ever so popular website, “Cromeyellow.” I have NO idea how he even finds the time.  He has a full-time day job, I believe he is in 2 bands, he goes to the movies ALL the time and he somehow manages to create art.  Click the link and take a look at what Sal has conjured up for the show.

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We asked Sal about the print and here is what he had to say.  “Picking M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) for Guzu’s Children of the 80s was kind of a no-brainer. Looking through a list of 80s cartoons, it immediately stuck out to me because of how fondly I remembered the toys when I was growing up. Like most cartoons, M.A.S.K. is pure lunacy on every level, from the transforming cars, the magical powers exhibited with each mask, and even the characters, whose international cast is depicted in wildly and most likely unintentionally racist ways. For my piece, I wanted to focus on the show’s main character, Matt Trakker, a Bruce Wayne ripoff and portray him in a way that was slightly grittier and a bit more imposing – the solution, a propaganda poster!” 

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18″ x 24″ / 4 color screen print / Signed and numbered / Edition of 60

Guzu Gallery welcomes everyone to the show but if you can’t make it out, the artwork will be available for purchase in their online store on Monday, August 4th around Noon CST. Follow GUZU GALLERY on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for updates on this and upcoming shows.

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