Aiming to ‘explore the unrealistic expectations of the hero and fan relationship’, the show features hand-drawn textile typography on football shirts, some interesting takes on trading cards and some slightly obscure pop culture references.
The Kit & Caboodle show builds on QBA’s recent Football Activism series, and aims to highlight connections between pop culture and football.
Thus a Manchester City shirt is adorned with the phrase ‘I don’t know much about art but I Noel what I like’, a reference, presumably to celeb Man City fan Noel Gallagher.
QBA says the typography aims to emulate that scrawled on pencil cases, exercise books, denim jackets etc ‘as if by a fan’.
A series of fluorescent risograph prints, meanwhile, present a take on football trading cards with the expressionless players backed with some rather unflattering slogans (‘this town is shit, but you’re worth it’).
Kit & Caboodle is at Core at Nolias Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1, from 25-27 April.