Review / Saatchi Gallery – The Arsenal:125

It has to be said I got a little excited when I found out there was an Arsenal exhibition on at the Saatchi Gallery, West London. My excitement went up another notch when I found out WB inspiration extraordinaire Jason Evans had work exhibited in the show. So I grabbed my camera and headed over to Solane Square STAT. It’s hard for me to have a critical opinion of this exhibition, being a beloved Arsenal fan there is so much more to it than the guys coming out every Saturday (or may not be the case so much these days) and playing their trade. Seeing giant 5×4 portraits of your favourite stars will always interest me, I love seeing the players out of context and in an everyday ordinary scenario such as the Jack Wilshere images.

So I’ve been around all the prints on the wall and it was obvious Jason wasn’t amongst those, his piece was a projection of a football net into a small make shift space, in that space were these free magazines that had his images in. His magazine didn’t disappoint, I love flicking through it and seeing how he approached and interacted with a subject which I hold so close to me. There wasn’t a shadow of a footballer in sight, but I didn’t expect that, instead a play on objects he found in various areas around the Arsenal training ground. The production of the magazine reminded me a little of the programmes you can buy on match day but with the content a polar opposite. I hope Arsenal fans visiting this show saw this piece and appreciated the uncomplicated nature and freeness in which Jason portrays a place that can often be the attention of major sporting news and events.

 

This exhibition contains work from various artists Grey Fay, Jason Evans and Dobedo Collective.