Friday, November 30, 2012

World Cup '74 #5 (Miguel Brindisi)

graphite & putty eraser/30x20cm

Presenting the latest drawing in the World Cup ‘74 project, the original source being a picture ‘stamp’ forming part of the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ collectors’ album, subsequently scanned, reduced significantly in its digital dimensions & then printed on A4 scale, this object with its crudely pixelated image then serving as the immediate point of reference from which the drawing is processed, square by toned square within the overall, all-over grid matrix. In fact, two distinct variations on the original scanned image, in the form of two separate & different reductions, one half the size of the other & consequently individually pixelated to twice the dimensions, were utilized as the sources for this particular drawing, being thus a composite of both, & the formal development that might be observed, influenced by some of the variously-pixelated photo-sourced drawings of D-L Alvarez, an interesting & ‘influential’ artist (most certainly now) mentioned previously here at TOoT, back in the days of 2008’s drawing Project.

D-L Alvarez
from 'Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing'; Phaidon; 2005 (2007)

Although the act of drawing is itself the essential subject, the portrait subject that comes to be represented, schematically at least, via this drawing process is, on this occasion, Miguel Brindisi of the Argentina squad as predicted/proposed by the FKS album &, as it transpired, in actuality, although his is another of those names of former footballers of which I have no prior knowledge (thus the research for the project is proving something of an education, in global football/World Cup history).

In the opening round of group matches, Brindisi alternated with Rene Houseman (one of the relatively few players I do actually recall from the tournament) in the Argentinian team, being substituted for the latter during the first game, replaced by him for the second & coming on as a substitute for in the third. In the second phase, Brindisi was omitted for the first match, reinstated & designated captain for the second - a 1-2 defeat to Brazil during which he scored what at the time was the equalizing goal for Argentina - & retained his place for the third, his already-eliminated country’s final appearance at the ’74 World Cup.


Vic Godard & Subway Sect ‘We Come As Aliens’
The Stranglers ‘The UA Singles 1977-1982’, ‘Black and White’ & ‘The Raven’

Indulging in the delights of Vic Godard & Subway Sect’s stonking, garagey ‘We Come As Aliens’, a fine & welcome companion to the live sound of the band as experienced recently, & revisiting the sounds of The Stranglers - once my very favourite band, for the first time in a very long while & digitally, previously only ever being heard on vinyl & tape - some of which have endured better than others, but ‘Black and White’ (which John Robb has interestingly proposed as being the first true post-punk album: discuss) & ‘The Raven’ are fine albums still & it’s further pleasure to be reminded of some of their excellent singles releases.

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