Post Match might be described as a series of ‘tops’ – the physical flip-tops of cigarette packets are flattened to produce miniature football/sports tops. It’s like a process of reverse origami – or the sort of thing you might do in the pub.
In this work the artist is interested in keeping the energy of the design whilst removing its original function and message. The reworking and repositioning of these objects represents a desire for the material and design of communication rather than its content.
The artist has collected around 800 different ‘tops’ from around the world. Apart from a handful of them he has found them all whilst out walking. The exhibition at CUBE, represents 10 years of collecting and making, and will be the first time ‘Post Match’ has been shown in it’s entirety.
Manchester is renowned for being the worlds greatest football city and during the exhibition life size tops will be ‘popping’ up around Manchester. We are delighted for the first time to collaborate with the greatly anticipated National Football, who in celebration of this project will be exhibiting the tops throughout the exhibition at their Urbis Building.
“The remarkable thing about Post Match is the scope of the work and the concision of its means, recovering something of value from the grubby business of smoking and football. The discarded litter of the terraces is de-crumpled, rescued from heedless further trampling. The advertising logos have more integrity being integral to the medium. The graphics are the warp and weft of another place, the unreported otherness of elsewhere. If these teams seem more connected to the fans, perhaps this is hardly surprising since someone has lived and breathed them. They express something more particular, local, tribal. They are exotic and familiar; their reach is as far as football; they bear the authentic marks of home as seen from away.” Mark Wallinger
With special thanks to Locus+