Jonny Trunk is an artist, collector, broadcaster, writer and archivist. He is totally obsessed with the past and has been creating art, music and books based on his nostalgic memories for many years. All his work focuses heavily on the obscure but oddly familiar and is often driven by his archival discoveries, his love of old TV, food packaging and advertising.
For this, his latest set of impressive prints, he is exploring and exploiting the theme of The Rubbish I Have Eaten.
In simple terms, this is the discarded packaging of 1970s and 1980s sweets, bubblegum, chocolate, crisps, treats and lollies – all of which have been eaten and very much enjoyed by Jonny Trunk in the past.
The work is big, bold, riotousley colourful and the titles reflect some of the humour, deep nostalgia and Proustian themes explored. For ”They Sure Were Bigger In My Day” a rare Wagon Wheel wrapper from 40 years ago has been blown up to an enormous, celebratory size. “Happy Days” is a cool grid of 15 crumpled ice lolly wrappers from the Glam Rock era, with The Fonze – thumbs up - at its centre.
In fact some of these new prints could easily be described as “Lolly Pop Art”, but it’s important to remember that these simple, throw-away designs are incredibly scarce, rarely seen and the stuff of distant, powerful memories.
They also offer a window into skillful, hand-drawn and dynamic graphics, taking us back to a time when desktops were covered in magic markers, pencils and rubbers, and when a bar of chocolate cost just 2p.
The Rubbish I have Eaten is a well considered and strangely moving celebration of naïve but commercial graphics, scaled to very new intensities. A sugar rush if you like, of strange, sweet feelings and illustrative pleasures.
All very limited screen prints and giclées are exclusively available through Outline-Editions.