Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Harry Allen interviews Doug

Hip Hop activist and journalist Harry Allen interviewed FFP director, Doug Fogelson, on Friday June 22nd. On this edition of "Non-Fiction", the show focused on graffiti. Doug was invited to discuss the concept and execution of"Graffitecture". Also on the show were the authors of "Burning New York", a book documenting graffiti in NYC and graffiti artist Miers
To listen to the interview, go to

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Front Forty at the Renegade Craft Fair!

Front Forty Press is proud to be a part of this year's Renegade Craft Fair Chicago.
The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event organized by Sue Blatt & Kathleen Habbley. This year will be different from previous years as the fair will be in cunjunction with Do-Division Street Fest. Visit for more information.

When: September 15th & 16th from noon - 10pm
Where: Division Street (btwn. Damen Ave & Wood St.... exact booth location TBA)

Printers' Ball 2007

Join Front Forty Press at The Printers' Ball!

The Printer's Ball is an annual celebration of print literature. For one month, a handful of Chicago's most dynamic reading series present evenings in collaboration with local print publications. The festival ends at the Printers' Ball all-ages party, where literary organizations of all kinds gather under one roof for a spree of the city's reading scene. Visit for a complete list of participants.
Admission is free!

When: July 20, 2007 8pm
Where: Zhou B. Art Center (1029 West 35th Street)

San Francisco Release of Matt Volla's Unruly Drawings

Mollusk Surf Shop
4500 Irving St., San Francisco, CA

Opening Reception Fri July 27 2007 7-10 pm
Come celebrate the book release by Front 40 Press of Matt Volla's Unruly Drawings and the surfboard launch of 2 hand-painted surfboards music by the R&BFreeJazzGospelSupreme80

Earwaves is a body of work that explores the act of hearing by drawing comparisons between ocean waves, sound waves and the waves of fluid inside the human ear that occur during the action of "hearing." Hearing begins when vibrating air molecules from the environment bounce off the eardrum. This vibrates a few small bones which transmit the vibration into the cochlea. The cochlea is filled with salt water and the vibrations move through the water creating waves. The waves wash over hair cells that release charged molecules into the brain.

Earwaves is the first chapter in a narrative of drawings recently documented in a book published by Front 40 Press entitled Matt Volla's Unruly Drawings. In the book, pre-knot embryos coagulate in the dark depths of salty fluid. They surface through the crashing earwaves before swarming into the atmosphere in their evolution towards knots and beyond!

Matt Volla is an Oakland based artist and musician whose art practice involves two different directions. One pursuit is conceptual and absurdist and involves setting up intricate systems in an attempt to quantify everyday actions. The results are used to translate those actions into a new action. The other direction Volla takes in his work is a strict discipline of automatic drawing and is an intuitive balance to his more cerebral conceptual practices. The drawings are a playful submersion into the subconscious revealing a loose narrative of their 10 year evolution. Volla is now in the process of animating the drawings. Matt Volla has shown throughout America including PS1/MOMA in New York, Yerba Buena Center fot the Arts in San Francisco and Gallery 2 in Chicago.