Wednesday, November 26, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #198 (Tarcisio Burgnich: Italy)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the Project with a re-mediated drawing of an image of Tarcisio Burgnich, who, as a stalwart of the Italy team for some years, was represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker albums & selected as a member of the official Italian squad for the Finals (his third such honour, having appeared in 2 matches at the 1966 tournament & all 6 in 1970, even scoring one of his total of 2 international goals in the semi-final against West Germany), where he went to play in all 3 of Italy’s matches before they made a First Round exit.
For all this pedigree, Burgnich’s was not a name that registered during my experience of the 1974 World Cup, however.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #197 (Andrzej Szarmach: Poland)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today we (re)present, randomly-chosen as usual, what constitutes the fourth of the Project’s subjects & drawings processed from a constructed ‘sticker’ image, of one of the vividly-remembered names from my experience of the televised coverage of the 1974 World Cup who previously had appeared in neither the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ or Panini ’München 74’ commemorative albums which have inspired & provide the original source material for the Project.

This, then, is a re-mediated image, of a 1974ish vintage, of Andrzej Szarmach, who came to be selected as a member of the Poland squad for the Finals, subsequently starting in six of the Poles’ matches (being substituted in five), scoring 5 goals, all in the First Round & including a hat-trick in the 7 – 0 thrashing of Haiti, missing the only game the Poles lost, crucially, to West Germany in the countries’ effective semi-final: given this transpiration of events, he might reasonably be regarded as being the tournament’s surprise packages’ surprise package, but instantly memorable for his exploits, & subsequently achieving some form of legendary status by playing at both the 1978 & 1982 World Cups & scoring a goal at each.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #196 (Erwin Kremers: West Germany)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest drawing in the Project is a re-mediation of an image of Erwin Kremers, who was selected to appear in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker album collections but not the West Germany squad for the Finals (his twin brother Helmut, who only featured in the Panini ’München 74’ album, did make the West German cut for the tournament, but only in reserve, not making an appearance in any of the hosts’ matches), being thus another of their particular ‘ghosts’, hauntologically present via such items of memorabilia.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #195 (Marco Antonio: Brazil)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The Project continues with this re-mediated image of Marco Antonio, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini sticker albums commemorating the 1974 World Cup (the former providing the original source material from which the drawing was processed in this instance) & chosen as a member of the official Brazil squad for the Finals, but was subsequently not selected to take the field of play during the tournament, thus remaining one of its many unknowns to my personal experience of events.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #194 (Kalambay Otep'a: Zaire)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The most recent randomly-chosen subject to be re-mediated in the form of drawing is an image of Kalambay Otepa (correctly without the apostrophe, it seems), who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album & chosen as a member of the official Zaire squad for the Finals, but subsequently was the only one of the 3 goalkeepers in the selection not to take the field of play during the tournament.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #193 (Konrad Weise: East Germany)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the Project with a drawing representing the somewhat bleached countenance of Konrad Weise, who was featured amongst the East Germany squad as proposed by the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album, which source image provided the starting-point for the drawing (an enlarged photocopy, of degraded image quality, being the immediate visual reference), & chosen as a member of his nation’s official selection for the Finals, where he went on to appear in & throughout all six of the East Germans’ matches at the tournament, although unbeknownst/unmemorably to me at the time.

Monday, November 17, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #192 (Barry Hulshoff: Holland)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest image in the Project features as its subject Barry Hulshoff, who was represented in both the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ & Panini ’München 74’ commemorative sticker albums (the original source for the drawing being provided, as is more often the case, by the former), but did not appear at the Finals, unfortunately being unavailable for selection for the Holland squad due to injury.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #191 (Daniel Carnevali: Argentina)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Featuring for the second time a re-mediated image of Daniel Carnevali, the original source of which was used to process another drawing of the subject as part of an earlier, abandoned incarnation of the 1974 World Cup portrait project, to be found here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #190 (Piet Schrijvers: Holland)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s randomly-chosen re-mediated subject is an image of Piet Schrijvers, who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album (from which original source this drawing came to be processed) & subsequently selected as a goalkeeping member of the official Holland squad for the Finals, although he did not go on to make a playing appearance during the tournament, obviously under such circumstances remaining another of the ‘unheard-ofs’ to me (at the 1978 World Cup, however, & as a big bloke fashionably sporting what seemed a most inappropriate but, for footballers of the time, almost mandatory bubble perm, he was an unforgettable presence, despite research revealing that he only actually played in 3 matches, & was substituted, injured, after a mere 21 minutes of the third of those).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #189 (Rene Houseman: Argentina)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest re-mediated subject is René Houseman, the drawing being processed from reference to the third of four ‘cheat’ constructed stickers, featuring found images of players whose names are remembered from my experience of the televised coverage of the event but who were not selected for inclusion in either the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ or Panini ’München 74’ commemorative albums that otherwise provide the original source material upon which the project is founded &, indeed, was inspired by.
As previously mentioned, in connection with Houseman’s Argentina teammate Carlos Babington, by their absence from such (repositories of) memorabilia, their lack of a tangible physical presence, their leaving no trace, such players are perhaps the most ‘ghostly’ of all in such a context.

Back to our particular subject,  René Houseman appeared, either from the kick-off (occasionally being withdrawn) or otherwise introduced as a substitute, in each of the Argentinians’ 6 matches at the tournament, scoring 3 goals & obviously generally creating a memorable impression, possibly because of the ‘Englishness’ of his surname (like Babington’s, the only other of the Argentinian team/squad’s names to stick in the memory) but not least visually, as photographs suggest he habitually wore his socks rolled down to his ankles, as a few players did back in the day (‘before health & safety went mad’, etc), thus marking him out, probably for spectators, viewers & opponents alike.