‘Game Over!’ by Henry Hargreaves Has Classic Toys

By: Michael Hemsworth - Published: Feb 1, 2013 • References: henryhargreaves and notcot.org
Classic toys receive a single-color paint job by Henry Hargreaves in his collection ‘Game Over!’

The art collection features a number of toys from various companies including Mattel and Hasbro that have received a complete paint covering that removes all recognizable characteristics. However, despite not having any visible branding the toys are still easily recognizable because of their iconic silhouettes. Toys in the exhibit include the Rubiks cube, Battleship, Guess Who, Connect 4, Mr. Potato Head as well as a few other familiar finds like chess and checkers.

Hargreaves creates a simplistic expression with the exhibit regarding our ability to recognize even that which has had all it’s characteristics stripped away. Although we might not be able to see any brand labels, the toys are easily recognized because of their pervasive position in our culture.