Thursday, November 22, 2012
World Cup '74 #4 (Angel Bargas)
graphite & putty eraser/30x20cm
Continuing with the World Cup 1974 drawing project, originally sourced from the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ & Panini ‘Munchen 74’ collector albums of stamps/stickers, the image-objects from whichever specifically relevant publication then being subjected to a scanning/reducing treatment to produce the pixelated photomechanical image in the form of an A4 print that serves as the immediate physical-visual reference from which the drawing is processed.
The portrait subject that not necessarily emerges, with any particular distinction, but perhaps rather is embedded within the modular drawing process of the grid of toned squares that resolves itself into some form of image, is, on this occasion, one Angel Bargas, the fifth member of the Argentina squad as featured in the FKS album, the fourth in the project here (out of sync as the third is still in production, its coloured media dependent to a large extent on being seen/assessed/drawn in natural light, of which there is seasonally so precious little), an arbitrary executive decision having been taken to replace an image/player from the FKS album with one from the Panini because it produces a better pixelated image.
Bargas, it transpires, did actually feature in the actual Argentinian squad & represented his country during the tournament, although as with most of the 1974 World Cup footballers, he was previously a name unknown to me, the hauntological resonance being attached to the event itself – my real introduction to football - rather than the majority of its participants.