A MESSAGE FROM QUIET BRITISH ACCENT FOLLOWING THEIR 'KIT & CABOODLE' EXHIBITION AT CORE AT NOLIAS GALLERY:
Look, we know it was a short exhibition right? And we know it was only on in London (south of the river, mind), but we had our reasons.
To those who came along, good to meet you and rest assured that some of those prints you bought were so limited that we've now run out. To those who didn't make it, here's some photos of a few of the larger pieces that were on display with guide commentary. It'll be almost like you were there. Minus the beer.
Firstly, this exhibition had a theme. Ok, two themes… When we first started working together, someone reasonably well-known told us that sport and art didn't go together. So we ignored that and decided to hang lairy football shirts in an art gallery. This made us smile. We used them as our blank canvases. The theme of sport in art stretched to include the power of heroes to fans. A lot of the heroes were personal to us, and not necessarily football heroes as we positioned football within popular culture in general.
The shirt pieces here are appliquéd textile slogans on vintage football shirts.
What Would Johnny Rotten Do?
The 'What Would Jesus Do?' mantra applied to an Arsenal-supporting popular culture hero, crediting him with a deserved influence. Our attempt at a varsity badge behind him turned out looking more like a beer bottle top as well, which made us smile. The mantra is to be applied in moments of doubt and with no little caution.
Sport & Art Don't Mix.
Not a comment on the shirt itself, more a poke at the proclamation we're often faced with since we decided to limit ourselves to working within the world of sporting culture. Chap in the middle is a old player. He knows better than us and is watching us from beyond the grave.
I Don't Know About Art, But I Noel What I Like.
Yes, that Noel, nothing to do with Christmas. Pop music, football, art, it's all the same to us. We're not belittling Noel Gallagher at all, we're putting his work, and popular music in general, on an equal footing with high art.
Georgie's Tears Cure All Fears.
The only actual footballing hero featured here, due to his huge popular culture status. Here we've given Mr Best the superpower of all-curing tears. We found something very poetic and powerful about the idea of those iconic vivid blue eyes crying.
Who The Hell Is Peter Saville? (Dialogue).
Peter Saville designed this 2010-12 England shirt which we admire for its socially-loaded multi-coloured St George crosses. The rhetorical question comes from the same place as the 'sport and art don't mix' opinion. We know who Peter Saville is and we approve of his involvement in sport.
Andy Warhol Says Hello.
Reports of Mr Warhol being spotted at Stamford Bridge are limited, but we've imbued him with the power of life after death and he's smiling down at his still-pervasive influence over us all. Any connections to Warhol's 'Chelsea Girls' film, or echoes of Campbell's Soup cans in the shirt itself, are purely intentional.
Our first large scale piece of work is stenciled onto giclée prints and hijacks a famous advertising slogan to give it a bit of social clout, mocking the echoes of sexism and homophobia in the sport.
As those of you who came along and were vaguely sober will remember, we also showed prints and other stuff too. We'll be releasing details of some of these soon, you'll just have to wait.
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