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Hot & Cold: The End is Here

Written by Andrew Scott   
Friday, 11 September 2009 05:12
This collaborative art zine made by Chris Duncan and Griffin McPartland is releasing it's final issue on September 11th, 2009 w/ a show @Baer Ridgway in SF.

Hot and Cold, the collaborative art zine made by Chris Duncan and Griffin McPartland is releasing it's final issue on September 11th, 2009. Over the last seven years, the zine has snowballed in popularity gaining international recognition through it's intricately hand-assembled pages and large scale gallery exhibitions - most notably at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco's Luggage Store. Hot & Cold has hosted a good chunk of the up and coming artists creating work today, and most recently, solidifying it's place in history, was acquired as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. I sat down with it's creators and spoke with them about the unique and interesting phenomena that is Hot and Cold.

Griffin McPartland and Chris Duncan at the release of Hot & Cold #6, Mama Buzz Gallery, Oakland.

At what point did H&C start, and what was the initial impetus for starting it?

Griffin: Believe it or not, Chris was needling me to do a zine, about all I had in the plus column was that I used to make a few. I tried like hell to say no and did a few times but was caught off guard one night after we had a huge dinner at my house and said yes to his non-dish-doing-ass.

Chris: September 11th 2002 was when it started, I was just about done with art school. At school you have assignments to keep you busy. I had absolutely nothing lined up after I graduated and thought it would be great to make a zine, both to keep myself busy and to participate with what was happening around me. I had never done one but had always wished I had. Growing up in the hardcore scene I felt like everyone I knew was in a band, had a label, did a distro, booked shows, or made a zine. And there was me, not really doing anything but going to shows. I had a strong urge to contribute. So we hung out a Juice Design a couple of nights after hours, scanning and what not, and then we had a zine. Paul Urich and Brett Critchlow were instrumental in our first effort.

Hot & Cold Issues Number Two through Nine

Where did the name come from?

Griffin: Opposing styles. I was drawing dicks and Chris was drawing birds at this point. Again, I have to give the credit to Chris. The secret is out as to who the creative force here is...

Chris: Griffin's answer is perfect. Calling it HOT AND COLD was the deal sealer. Griffin was very hesitant to the idea of us making anything. I was, and at times still am, very serious about art. I felt a need to construct a platform for me to not take myself so seriously, and Griffin provided that (and generally still does). He'd make jokes and talk shit about everything, so it made sense like two opposites coming together. That was seriously the only reason it all came together. That dinner, by the way, was thanksgiving, and I did do the dishes that night.

From the pages of H&C, Chris Duncan

From the pages of H&C, Griffin McPartland (left) and silk-screened inserts envelope (right)

At what point does it end?

Griffin: At the tip of it now. September 11th, 2009. Exactly seven years since it started.

Duncan and McPartland assembling the final issue of Hot & Cold

Why only do 10 issues?

Griffin: Because 01 looked bad (this is little known) on the first cover design. We sat back rubbed our chin and flipped the film around to show 10 and Chris said, "fuck it, let's count down from ten!" And that set forth this count down which actually made it easier to produce each issue even more convoluted than the last since we had an end goal. Also that is how some of, in my opinion, our best decisions are/were made, under the gun of money and time.

Griffin McPartland

Chris: I always forget that was the real impetus. During our whole trip everything that we've done has come from something not working out. That 01 vs. 10 was the beginning. I feel like every choice we have made stems from an idea or goal we had that didn't really pan out. It feels good to be able to roll with what ever you are handed and try to make something rad out it. We have learned how to make some great lemonade.

Assorted Hot & Cold ephemera at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Did you envision doing it for a set amount of time? Did it end sooner or later than anticipated?

Griffin: I remember we wanted to do it more frequently, then the project turned into what it is and we were seeing that each issue took hours of touching and re-touching so we slowed it to more of an annual zine which suited our lives more. As a result, I think that it also built a quite momentum that way, not shoving it down throats or petering off into obscurity at the hands of two flakes. This also touches on the idea of having an end in sight from the start. I was part of a zine before doing F-Word, that just lost steam and sat 80% finished on zip discs. Having an end established from the get go imposes some foreshadow of guilt if you should bail out ahead of schedule.

Duncan vs. Hot & Cold Issue #1

Chris: It has been an organic process. The more elaborate the issues got, the slower it has taken for them to be released. We never had a time line. We naively chose the countdown method without ever considering anything other than what the next one might hold. That's what has made it fun. Letting it build on it's own and when the time felt right. That being said, I LOVE the fact that it's taken seven years to complete the project. What a great number. Hot and Cold is ending right when it's supposed to. "It took you seven years to get this far, I thought you committed for life."

Hot & Cold Issue #3 set list

Which artists participated in the Hold & Cold over the years?

(*Complete gargantuan listing of issues and artist involved located at the end of interview)

Hot & Cold Issue #3

Which galleries and or venues hosted the release parties and Hot & Cold exhibitions? Needles & Pens, The Show Cave, Buzz Gallery, Juice Design, Otsu, Lump Gallery, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Luggage Store, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions.

Griffin putting together the 3" monster issue of Hot & Cold #1

For the final issue, number one, the largest H&C to date, what can people expect?

Griffin: They can expect to wrestle this thing out of the bag, it sure wasn't easy getting it in. I counted somewhere around 15 inserts and 170 pages and about 3" thick.

Jason Jagel

Chris: Okay, there are two seven-inch records by Soft Circle, the Urxed, Tommy Guererro, Namesake, Amy Franchencini, Wilson Diaz (and no mp-3 or digital downloads, so pull out your record players). Posters by Reed Anderson and Will Yakulic, smaller zines by Griffin McPartland, Ryan Wallace, a dvd by the TM Sisters, a map that leads to radness by David Wilson, handmade pages by Monica Canilao and Dan Tierney, a bandana by Mat O'brien, stickers, buttons ...a lot of things. This one is our best effort yet.

Mary Joy Scott

Vic Blue

I've heard rumors about the possibility of an issue #0 also being released in the near future. Can you please dispel this rumor for the public?

Griffin: Indeed the case, but you must redeem the ticket you get when you buy issue #1 and you will get #0 for free. That is for the completists should they be paying attention...

Chris: Yes, so basically if you buy issue one, you get issue zero. There are two ways you can do this: The first and best one would be to buy issue one sometime between September 11th and the 19th, find the voucher and your David Wilson map. Follow David's directions to the ribbons/Hot and Cold organized gathering on September 20th Bring your voucher and we will give you issue zero. You might also want to bring some food or drink as the gathering is somewhat of a potluck. There will be music and radness. David has been building a fort all summer in preparation for this. epic times. ribbonsribbons.blogspot.com The other way would be to mail it in to the address on the voucher - less fun, but totally acceptable.

Hot & Cold #1 in progress

What's the furthest, or in your opinion, the most exciting place on Earth that Hot & Cold has reached? Any random feedback from anyone in Uruguay or, a museum director for Reykjavik?

Griffin: Stockton. Vic Blue lived there for a bit and he has at least 7 issues. There is also the UK, but what have they got over Stockton other than culture?

Chris: I would say the NY MOMA, and Indonesia.

Mat O'Brien

Chris Duncan

Tauba Auerbach

Duncan in the zine factory

Paul Schiek

Brion Nuda Rosch

Chrissy Piper

You guys have successfully, unknowingly or not, captured and documented much of the contemporary art happening in the last 10 years, would you say that it was an exceptionally unique time in history for creativity?

Griffin: Seeing that I am a garbage man I'm going to let Chris handle this one.

Chris: I think all times are unique. There might be moments of things being overly derivative, or influences being far too apparent, but I feel very comfortable saying the past seven years that we have been doing this has been a special time. So much has occurred, so much history has been made in this short time, our time, and we have had a very small part in documenting some beautiful, raw, romantic and fucked up responses to living in this day and age. As far as where we, or anyone who has contributed to Hot and Cold goes and their/our place in history - who knows. My thoughts are with the future. This answer feels like a cross between a Youth of Today song and some Goonies quotes.

Griffin McPartland

Anyone that this project would not have been possible without?

Griffin: Chris Pew, Chris Duncan and 1984 printing. Support of local venues, friends and interested parties.

Chris: The only thing I would change in Griffin's answer would be my name for his. And also raise a glass to Greg Lind, he was able to get our project into the NYMOMA. And last but not least, the funding we received for this issue from a Southern Exposure Artist's grant called Alternative Exposure.

Courtney Daily

Michael Sieben

Paul Wackers

Besides wiping the sweat from your brow, what will you be doing the day after the final H&C is released?

Griffin: Nursing a hangover and missing my wife and child.

Chris: Getting ready for the next event which is September 12th at Baer Ridgway as well. Coconut is playing around 5 o'clock. ...Then David and Mariah's engagement party, congrats you two!

The End is Here

Is this it for the Duncan/McPartland collaborative art team? Any future projects in your back pockets?

Griffin: Same sex marriage. I think I am done. Unless something comes up and of course it will probably be with Chris seeing as he is one of four people I talk to on a regular basis.

Chris: This is it for now. As the shirt says: HOT & COLD R.I.P.

Fine work gentlemen.

Thank you sir.


* Listing of Hot & Cold issues and artists involved:

Published 2002. Made in an edition of 100. Silkscreened cover. 42 pages. Stenciled and photocopied pages. Came with button, sticker and prints by Dustin Wenngreen and Griffin McPartland. Artists include: Chris Duncan. Griffin McPartland, Jason Mcafee, Jeremy Weiss, Vic Blue, Paul Urich, Derek Snodgrass, Shay Nowich and Alex Kopps.

Published 2003. Made in edition of 100. Silkscreened cover designed by Ian Lynam. 56 pages. Photocopied, stenciled and color copied pages. Came with inserts by Griffin McPartland, Chris Duncan, Mat O'Brien and David Benzler. Artists include: David Benzler, Vic Blue, Tiffany Bozic, Kris Chau, Chris Duncan, Mik Gaspay, Mike Giant, Bob Kronbauer, Ian Lynam, Chris McNally, Griffin McPartland, Craig Metzger, Mat O'Brien, Chris Pew, Aki Raymer, Kelly Tunstall, Paul Urich and Chris Wright.

Published 2004. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Griffin McPartland. 10 covers had spray-paint and silkscreened elements. 76 pages. Silkscreened poster insert by Anthony Skirvin. Photocopied and stenciled pages. Came with inserts by: Dominic East (our lady of the highway cd), Pete Glover (print), Griffin McPartland (book), Andrew Scott (sob story zine), Blakely Dadson (sticker), Anthony Skirvin (sticker), Nat Swope (print). artists include: Vic Blue, Lori D, Blakely Dadson, Chris Duncan, Dominic East, Jeremy Fish, Pete Glover, Caitlin Kuhwald, Griffin McPartland, Kyle Ranson, Moses Saarni, Tucker Schwarz, Andrew Scott, Michael Sieben, Anthony Skirvin, Nat Swope, Silver Warner and Jennifer Wofford.

Published 2004. made in edition of 150. silkscreened cover designed and printed by Tim Gough. 80 pages. silkscreened pages by Courtney Dailey and Thom Lessner. original page by Brion Nudah Rosch, photocopied pages. Inserts by: Vic Blue(photo), Allyson Mellberg and Jeremy Taylor (print), Jake Watling (zine), Namesake(cd), Griffin McPartland (zine and print) john Darnelle(poster). Artists include: Tauba Auerbach, Vic Blue, Dustin Wenngreen, Courtney Dailey, Chris Duncan, David Franklin, Jim Gaylord, Tim Gough, Thom Lessner, Lump Lipshitz, Ian lynam, Griffin McPartland, Allyson Mellberg, Namesake, Chrissy Piper, Brion Nudah Rosch, Jeremy Taylor, Tim Warner and Jake Watling.

Published in 2004. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Duncan and McPartland. 60 pages. Original page by Rebecca Miller. original page by Paul Schiek, original page by Tom Vadakan, patch by Jen Smith. inserts by: Crust and Dirt(postcards), David D'Andrea(print), Chris Duncan(print), Nick Neubeck(print), Chris Pew(calender), Mary Joy Scott(print), Poketo/Hot and Cold collaborative wallet, Derek Snodgrass(stickers). Artists include: Chris Duncan, Mary joy Scott, Paul Schiek, Jen Smith, Eamon Ore-Giron, Griffin McPartland, Brett Chritchlow, Rebecca Miller, Crust and Dirt, Derrick Snodgrass, Nick Neubeck, Isaac McKay Randozzi, David D'Andrea, Tom Vadakan.

Published in 2005. made in edition of 150. 90 pages. silkscreened cover designed by will Yackulic. original page by Judd vetrone, Andy Jenkins, Griffin McPartland and Sarah Grierson. Color pages by Ida Pearle. Photocopied and stenciled pages. Inserts by: Celeste Cooper (cookbook), Chris Pew(sticker), David Benzler (envelopes), Deuce Huslaz(cd), Souther Salazar(print), Chris Duncan(sticker and print), Claire and Jeremy Weiss (zine), Griffin McPartland(button). Artist include: Amanda Eicher, Dustin Wenngreen, Alena Rudolph, Judd Vetrone, Charles Calahan, Ida Pearle, Maya Hayuk, Jovi Schnell, Mat Obrien, Griffin McPartland, Sarah Grierson, Sacha Eckes, Chris Pew, Rita Badalamenti, Will Yackulic, Jeremy and Claire Weiss.

Published 2005. made in edition of 150. triple exposure photograph and sewn paper cover by Vic Blue. 86 pages. original woodblocked pages and envelope by Nathalie Roland. original silkscreened pages by Alicia McCarthy and Sahar Khoury. inserts by: Chris Wright(zine), Lori d.(dvd), Andrew Dudek(cd), Griffin McPartland(zine), Joseph Hart(sticker). Artists include: Nathalie Roland, Sarah Smith, Robert Gutierrez, Ryan Wallace, Griffin McPartland, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Alicia McCarthy, Sahar Khoury, Joseph Hart, Lisa Sussman and Lori D.

Published 2007. made in edition of 150. Silk-screened and stenciled cover designed by Chris Duncan. 84 pages(offset printed). original page by veronica Dejesus. inserts by: Maya Hayuk(envelope), Chris Duncan(button and sticker), Aya-Mei Duncan(drawing), Max Hubenthal(zine), Griffin McPartland (avocado), Suro (cd). Artists include: Carson Ellis, Claire and Jeremy Weiss, Keith Shore, Scott Hug, Max Hubenthal, Nancy Chan, Veronica DeJesus, Paul Urich, Jessie Rose Valla, Joe Brook, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Kevin Hooyman, Maya hayuk, and Mike Pare.

Published 2008. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed and printed by Glenn Baldridge. 96 pages(offset printed and color pages). Original pages by Andy Vogt, Paul Schiek and Jen Smith. Inserts by: Tucker Nichols (prints), the Golden Bears (cd), Amanda Eicher (cd), Chris Taggart (miniature sculpture edition), Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough (oprah winfrey) and Ryan Jacob Smith (prints). Artists include: Griffin McPartland, Jason Jagel, Jen Smith, Tucker Nichols, Butt Johnson, Chris Duncan, Paul Schiek, Paul Wackers, William Swanson, Chris Corales, Jeremy and Claire Weiss, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Bill Dunlap, Juliana Bright, the Golden Bears, Amanda Eicher, Colter Jacobsen, Glen Baldridge, Ernesto Burgos, Chris Pew, Chris Taggart, Andy Vogt, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Ryan Jacob Smith.

Published 2009. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Chris Duncan. 170 pages. Offset printed and color printed. Original pages by: Monica Canilao, Daniel Tierney. Inserts by: TM Sisters, Griffin McPartland, Will Yackulic, Ryan Wallace, Brion Nuda Rosch, Amy Francheschini and Wilson Diaz, Mat O'Brien, Cynthia Connolly, The Urxed, Soft Circle, Namesake, Tommy Guerrero, Reed Anderson and David Wilson. Artists include: Heidi Anderson, Reed Anderson, Michael Arcega, Michelle Blade, Monica Canilao, Tammy Rae Carland, Cynthia Connolly, Wilson Diaz, ChrisDuncan, Amy Francheschini, Edie Fake, Kathleen Henderson, Rich Jacobs, Xylor Jane, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Mads Lynnerup, Griffin McPartland, Mat O'Brien, Jay Nelson, Brion Nuda Rosch, Daniel Tierney, TM Sisters, Ryan Wallace, Lindsey White, David Wilson, Will Yackulic.


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