Oof is a magazine about art and football (or because we're in Canada, soccer). The artists featured peel back the layers of meaning in this obsessive sport, and help us make sense of something bigger and more ungraspable in the process.
In this issue: David Shrigley hates football, he says so in one of his drawings. Maria Lassnig wasn't a fan. Émile-Samory Fofana has issues with it, Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy thinks it’s violent, A.S. Velasca reckon it’s lost all its emotion and Ithell Colquhoun didn’t much care for it either (Luke Burton quite likes it, though). Despite this shared contempt, each of the artists in issue nine has created a deep, passionate body of work with football at its beating heart. That’s what this issue is all about - how football can be used to reflect the maddening frustration and pressures of modern life. Like Shrigley says: football, I wish I could ignore it, but I cannot ignore it.
London, UK; 160 x 240mm; 80 pages; Biannual