PARANOID TIERS
A collection of collaborative drawings by:
GRIFFIN MCPARTLAND & PAUL URICH
August 5th - August 31st 2017
at Minnesota Street Project / Gallery 107
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco
A garbage man picks up a discarded art history book on his route
He returns to his home across the bay
He tears a page from it’s contents 
And writes a few words - a poem
The book page is mailed to a friend near Ocean Beach
Using pencil and later ink a drawing responds to the text
And so it continues

In sense he started it all
When he began to collect notes from his collaborator
Unknown to the modest garbage man someone found value in the notes left behind
On an earlier morning a suggestion to collaborate

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“He 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 me 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 the project gained momentum. The conversation began
to take on new directions that surprised the both of us. This shit was fun.”

- Griffin McPartland

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