A reprise of my footballs for the “I Don’t Like Soccer” exhibition.
These are based on reduction for two colour printing with the addition of stickers for a true fluorescent orange.
The illustrations show each ball from each final of the FIFA World Cup since it began and are in response to an extract from an essay by Umberto Eco.
The full extract reads:
“the easiest substitute for political debate. Instead of judging the job done by the minister of finance (for which you have to know about economics, among other things), you discuss the job done by the coach; instead of criticising the record of Parliament you criticise the record of the athletes; instead of asking (difficult and obscure questions) if such-and-such a minister signed some shady agreements with such-and-such a'foreign power, you ask if the final or decisive game will be decided by chance, by athletic prowess, or by diplomatic alchemy. Talk about soccer requires, to be sure, a more than vague expertise, but, all in all, it is limited, well-focused; it allows you to take positions, express opinions, suggest solutions, without exposing yourself to arrest, to loyalty oaths, or, in any case, to suspicion. It doesn’t oblige you to intervene personally, because you are talking about something played beyond the area of the speakers power. In short, it allows you to play at the direction of the government without all the sufferings, the duties, the imponderables of political debate.”
See www.Idontlovesoccer.co.uk for more details of the exhibition. .
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