SuperTrash is the awaited, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. Now, original Trash author and curator Jacques Boyreau returns to the gonzo archives of 20th century design in pursuit of more bionic art-agony and trash-ecstasy. Serving together a mix of traditional movie signage and transgressive shout-outs, SuperTrash collages a trail of freakish delights and intellectual spin-kicks that track the co-dependencies of art and trash through sly, uncompromising essays about new wave hookers, bad gods, hermaphro chic, and, of course, Lee Marvin. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century.
"By turns inspired and exasperating, Boyreau has a connoisseur’s eye for the tasteless and a Carrollian ear for creative portmanteau coinages. I’m grateful to him just for inventing the word 'exhibistentialism.'" – Ben Saunders, Ph.D., Author of Do The Gods Wear Capes?
"[Editor Jacques Boyreau] has a knack for picking images; much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and hardcore porn, Boyreau knows it when he sees it. And luckily, he shares it, this time from the visual-presentation experts of Fantagraphics Books — a match made in poster-art heaven." – Bookgasm
"Makes Antonin Artaud look like a picture of mental health." - Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Derrida Reframed: A Guide for the Visual Arts Student
"Rather than place these images into an Orwellian Memory Hole and hide them from future generations, it seems our educational role to probe and analyze their propaganda and commercially driven predatory messages so that we may learn about these eras' images and in the process grow an understanding of ourselves and the time in which we live." – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
"In a metatemporal realm in which Georges Bataille and Kevin Smith conspire with Weird Al Yankovich and Stanley Kubrick to craft a mockumentary of the making of Pasolini's Salò, as presented by Quentin Tarantino, SuperTrash—a volume in which Slavoj Zizek would have a speculative field day, Dario Argento would find himself exquisitely on set, and Hieronymus Bosch would feel robustly vindicated, confirmed, at home—would be the spine-bound B-reel. For in the smoky wake of a terrorist attack in a most dank dive bar, the pinup girls still smile. That's SuperTrash in a bomb-cum-nutshell. Emphasis on cum. And nuts." – Paul D'Agostino, Ph.D., The L Magazine
"SuperTrash delivers! I'm talking a pop culture cornucopia packed from cover to cover with vibrant violent pulp images!...throw in some words of wisdom explaining the Art Trash mindset so even the most mainstream minded can try to wrap their head around the concept of Hermaphro Chic and you have more of an experience than an art book." – Matt Desiderio, Forbidden Planet
"Equal parts cultural development diary and childhood bedroom scrapbook SuperTrash reads with the urgency and excitement of a fantasy Sears Wish Book where you want to mark every single page. Going way beyond just another tired, second hand, nostalgia trip or an academic curatorial exercise our generous guide Jacques Boyreau skillfully used the visual language and iconography contained here in a way that not only makes sense and gives smart context to the past but also informs what our future can be. Get Trashed!" John Woods, Nitehawk Cinema