Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thurs 2nd May: Apparel & Ornament - A research project by SPACE and Rhys Coren

Yesterday AGI & SAM launched their first capsule collection for Top Man "The Owls" which features their very own version of a football shirt which I LOVED so much I put it on AnOther LOVES (see sidebar).  In perfect timing there is a new exhibition of highly patterned football shirts opened at their local east end SPACE galleries.   Artist Rhys Coren  has curated the show combining his personal fascination LOVES of acid house era physcadelia and concurrent cosmic late 80's / early 90's British football kits.  When compiling the Boilleroom FC website this topic came up in articles and now culminated in an actual gallery show of original shirts, fanzines and his digital installations based on the crossover culture.........   

"At precisely the same time the rule book regarding football kit design was rapidly being torn up. The simple colour block - definitive of the practice since its very earliest days - was suddenly out of favour. In its place came a swarm of complex graphics and garish colours.  It is often suggested that the widespread emergence of Acid House between ‘88 and ‘89 inaugurated an armistice amongst warring football firms. Casual culture, a terrace scene composed of hyper-violent young men dressed in elite European sportswear, had discovered raving...
Apparel & Ornament - the culmination of a research project by SPACE and Rhys Coren - playfully explores the possibility of a relation between these two phenomena. "



See archive Rhys Coren on the blog here.
See the latest Agi & Sam show on the blog here
(photos thanks to Will Wyness).

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