PARANOID TIERS | Griffin McPartland and Paul Urich
November 5 - 28, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday Nov. 5, 6–9 PM
These Days & And Pens Press are pleased to present Paranoid Tiers | Griffin McPartland and Paul Urich exhibition and zine release.
Paranoid Tiers is the name of a collaborative art project by Griffin McPartland and Paul Urich. McPartland, a garbage man by trade, is a collector of discarded keepsakes that he discovers on his routes - things like photographs, journals, and old books are all in this stockpile. At one point, he began taking these old books, tearing out pages from them and scrawling his minimal poetic verses upon them. After which, he would mail these pages off to friends. In February of 2014, he received a package in return mailed to him by tattoo artist and friend Paul Urich. Urich had taken McPartland’s poetry scribed book pages that he had received and added his own ballpoint pen drawings to the top of them. From that point on Paranoid Tiers was born.
In McPartland's words: “Paul suggested we collaborate back and forth over the course of a year and have a show. I flat out refused. I don't draw or paint. I make cutting observations that feel passive aggressive and petty. I didn't see the relationship between his beautiful images and my angry dialog. Despite me, a few weeks later in February of 14, Paul sent a package. It was to be the first of many.
I stopped worrying about making a mess and wrote whatever came to mind on these articulate graphite drawings on old stationary, and sent them back to the city. More would arrive, I would attempt to turn off my concern and chip away at the stack. Soon, I began to get antsy, I would tear pages out of old books I had found in the trash, write on them and mail them to Paul. The dynamic was reversed and the project gained momentum. The conversation began to take on new directions that surprised the both of us. This shit was fun.” - Griffin McPartland