‘Arsenal Jeans’

I was invited to take part in a group exhibition “In those jeans” by Safia El Dabi. Ten artists and collectives were each invited to alter the same pair of classic high-waisted jeans in their own way.

By turning the classic high waisted jeans into a hand painted Arsenal football kit, I wanted to highlight abstract modernist aesthetics that exist within uniforms, sports and branding. I hoped to keep the jeans in harmony with the original kit whilst deliberately using cheap paint that will crack over time and give the jeans a heavy, rigid property that contradicts what is considered to be the primary function of a football kit.

The work plays on the idea of what is real or fake as well as our tribal responses to familiar visual languages that define social groupings.