Saturday, May 05, 2012

Celtic Fringe

graphite & putty eraser/30x20cm

Continuing with the series of drawings based upon portrait photographs of then current footballers as found within the pages of a 1970-vintage soccer annual, but processed with direct reference to enlarged photocopies of the original reproductions, being thus a hand-made representation of a mechanically-produced image.

Again, the portrait subject, the result of the drawing process-as-subject, a Scot by birth despite his name , is a player whose career was spent outside the upper echelons of the professional league structure, mostly with clubs located along the South coast, another member of this curious gallery of non-stars, mostly-unknowns whom intrigue leads into researching at least the basic career facts of (often, little other information is available, they are ‘merely’ names & numbers, the bare statistics of that part of a life that impinged at all upon the public consciousness, interesting to those statistically-inclined), hauntologically resurrected through the (act of) drawing, which (result) becomes an additional nostalgic trace left behind, however incongruously out of time & place.


The Caretaker 'An Empty Bliss Beyond This World'
Moon Wiring Club 'A Spare Tabby at the Cat's Wedding'

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