Monday, February 25, 2013
World Cup '74 #14 (Roberto Telch)
graphite & putty eraser/30x20cm
Embodied within the matrix of toned graphite squares, simultaneously obscured by & emerging from such manual pixelation, the portrait subject of the latest drawing to be processed in the hauntological 1974 football World Cup project is Roberto Telch of the Argentina squad, as selected to appear in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ stamp album (which provides the original image/object from which the drawing is sourced) &, subsequently, the tournament itself, where he played in five of his country’s six matches, beginning as a 67th minute substitute for Angel Bargas in the opening fixture against Poland & then going on to miss only the Second Round group game against Brazil, the 1 -2 defeat to whom resulted in Argentina’s effective elimination from the competition.
Telch, in common with the majority of players who featured at the 1974 World Cup, was previously unknown to my hazy memories of the first televised football event in which I took an interest, hence his representation in monochrome.
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