Sunday, October 19, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #171 (Carlos Reinoso: Chile)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Featuring as our subject today a re-mediated image of Carlos Reinoso, appearing every inch the archetypal Seventies' footballer, who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album & subsequently chosen as a member of the official Chile squad for the tournament, where he played in each of his country’s three matches: although I do remember Chile as being one of the teams present at the ’74 World Cup, I must admit to having no recollection of Carlos Reinoso or any of the individual players.

As regards contemporary matters, disappointing news of two of our favourites from a couple of the European city derby matches this weekend, with Red Star Belgrade losing to Partizan & Grasshoppers being defeated by FC Zurich. In Budapest, though, its rather pleasing to see grand old MTK up in second place, keeping winning to put a bit of pressure on the top spot, &, behind them Ferencvaros back up to fourth with a win.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #170 (Carlos Babington: Argentina)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest subject in the Project is a depiction of Carlos Babington of Argentina, the second of what should eventually be four ‘cheats’ over the course of the project – essentially names particularly remembered from experience of the televised coverage of the 1974 World Cup but who appeared in neither the FKS or Panini sticker albums previewing/commemorating the event, in which context they become, in fact, the most ‘ghostly’ of all, having no physical presence in the form of image or text, leaving (or being afforded, through omission) no trace of their participation via such enduring artefacts of memorabilia.
This being the case, an original image must be sourced from elsewhere in order to construct a ‘sticker’ from which to work, with the internet providing as usual in such times of need – something of a slightly unsatisfactory fudge, given the physical nature of all the other original source material, the hauntological objects of the stickers, but in such an instance it seems more important to leave a drawn trace of a remembered name than include an ‘unknown’ in its stead.

The name of Carlos Babington might well have proved memorable particularly for its invertedly-exotic Englishness in an Argentinian context, but the records show he enjoyed something of a profile during the World Cup, playing in 5 of Argentina’s 6 matches (missing only the first of their second phase fixtures, the 0 – 4 hammering by Holland), scoring in the first, the 2 – 3 defeat to Poland, & being booked in this & the subsequent two games.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #169 (Victor Esparrago: Uruguay)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing with the project & a drawing representing/re-mediating a photographic image of Victor Esparrago, who was featured in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker album collections, & subsequently selected as a member of the Uruguay squad for the tournament, where he played in each of his country’s three matches as they made a first round exit, slipping out without making any memorable impression on my consciousness at the time of exposure to the televised coverage of the finals.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #168 (Rivelino: Brazil)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm


Featuring as our randomly-generated subject in the drawing project today is the mighty Roberto Rivelino, who, as an already-established bona fide World Cup star (having played in 5 matches & scored 3 goals in Mexico in 1970, for the eventual winners) was represented in both the FKSPanini World Cup ’74 sticker albums & selected for inclusion in the official Brazil squad for the Finals, going on to appear in each of the Brazilians’ 7 games & scoring another 3 goals as they finished 4th this time.

Rivelino, with his exotic name (soon to heard echoing across our school playground), magnificent moustache & bending free kicks (one such trademark effort resulting in the winning goal against East Germany, for example), was one of those instantly iconic figures & thus one of the few players who made a memorable impression during my experience, as a football novice, of the television coverage of the ’74 World Cup, going on to appear again as very much a known quantity during the 1978 edition.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #167 (Mario Gonzalez: Uruguay)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The portrait subject of the latest drawing in the Project is Mario Gonzalez, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 collectors’ sticker albums & chosen as a member of the official Uruguay squad for the Finals, although he was not picked in the team to make an appearance in any of the Uruguayans’ three unsuccessful First Round matches, thus condemning him to anonymity for those of us experiencing the World Cup via the televised coverage.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #166 (Arsene Auguste: Haiti)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s subject is Arsene Auguste, who was featured in both the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ & Panini ’München 74’, sticker albums, honoured amongst a most select mere 6-player ‘squad’ representing minnows (Panini were brutal about this fact) Haiti in the latter.
On a point of visual interest, FKS & Panini featured the same photographic image upon their respective stickers, but reversed: the original source for this drawing was the FKS sticker, which might picture Arsene Auguste as he was or otherwise the mirror image of.

Included in the official Haitian squad for the Finals, Auguste went on to play twice in the tournament, in Haiti’s matches against Italy (1 – 3) & Poland (0 – 7) before missing their third & last defeat, to Argentina (1 – 4). He died in 1993, aged 42.



Friday, October 10, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #165 (Ivan Buljan: Yugoslavia)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This latest drawing in the project represents Ivan Buljan, who was featured in the Panini ’München 74’ sticker album (from which original source the drawing, as a ‘re-mediation’, has ultimately been processed) & subsequently selected as a member of the Yugoslavia squad for the Finals, where he played throughout all six of the Yugoslavs’ first & second round group matches, his name quite possibly becoming memorable because of this & the television exposure it would have enjoyed as a consequence.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #164 (Paulo Cesar: Brazil)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the drawing project with another early Tuesday morning session & the subject of Paulo Cesar, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker albums & chosen as a member of the official Brazil squad for the Finals, where he went on to appear in 5 of his country’s matches, memorably so in that his was one of the relatively few names present that registered during my experience of the televised coverage of the tournament, being possessed, one recalls, of a certain flamboyance that enabled him & his name to stand out from the generality of the masses (like others of his Brazilian teammates such as Francisco Marinho, Jairzinho & Rivelino).  

Monday, October 06, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #163 (Nelson Vasquez: Chile)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest struggle with the pencils & source material has resulted in this study of an image of Nelson Vasquez, as represented in the Panini ’München 74’ sticker album but who was not subsequently selected for inclusion in the official Chile squad for the tournament, being thus another of those particular ‘ghosts’ present in relation to the event only via such memorabilia where, of course, he appears to enjoy equal billing as any other, as indeed this drawing does, as time blurs memory.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #162 (Wim Van Hanegem: Holland)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

After another of those later-week drawing lulls, we’re able to get the weekend going with the latest subject in the project as it continues, representing here an image of Wim Van Hanegem, who was selected for inclusion in both the FKSPanini World Cup ’74 sticker albums, & subsequently the official Holland squad for the tournament, in which he went on to play in all 7 of the Dutch team’s matches on the way to their losing appearance in the Final itself, & is a name remembered from the television coverage of the tournament, one of the handful that registered at the time.

By one of those wonderful occurrences of serendipity, this very morning, before embarking on today’s drawing process, a long-required copy of the 26th October 1974 edition of Shoot! magazine arrived at TOoT Towers, having been tracked down at last, including the must-have-for-the-archives ‘Results’ section featuring the first mentions of a number of our enduringly-favourite European clubs as they’d been drawn against British teams in the first rounds of the 3 continental competitions, those names that had so stirred the blood & romantic tendencies (Strømsgodset, RWDM, AjaxFerencváros), & also carrying an interview with the very same Wim Van Hanegem, most interestingly speaking his mind about a number of footballing matters, not least the ’74 World Cup & its Final match & the domestic Dutch rivalry between Ajax & Feyenoord, then in what was probably an unremarkable manner but now reads shockingly forthright in a PR-driven age when footballer-drones say nothing that could be considered anything other than anodyne, utterly content-less & opinion-free in nature as it is (although the managers might have a post-match grumble-in-the-moment, which isn’t the same thing as a considered critique anyway).

In a further coincidence, the ‘Focus On’ feature in this particular Shoot! has as its subject Eric Morecambe (whose football connection was his then-presidency of Luton Town), with suitably light-hearted responses to the usual series of questions, also half the subject of the stage production Eric & Little Ern which, with rather a great deal of anticipation, A & I are off to see this very evening.

(P.S. it was a wonderful, highly enjoyable show, spot-on performances & a fitting tribute)