Hey Fuck Face
by John Gossage
b/w photographs / 23 Unbound pages in custom box / 11 x 14 inches
Photographs by John Gossage
Text by Gus Blaisdell, Peter Lloyd
Design by John Gossage and Flat Fix
Published by Flat Fix
23 unbound pages with curses on board, housed in a handmade cardboard box by Flat Fix. With a booklet by Gus Blaisdell entitled From Obscenity in Thy Mothers Milk, and a single page interview of Gossage by renowned journalist Peter Lloyd, laid into an envelope. Each box cover is customized (they are all slightly different) by John Gossage with a handwritten version of the title, Hey Fuckface.
"It wasn't until 1999 when Mr. Gossage had lost interest in following up on the work seen here that I finally got him to tell me about 'all this shit.' After the usual arguments about whether I would 'really be interested' and the complaints that it should 'all be obvious,' he started to talk about the making of the project he had entitled 'The Plains of Hell.' The Plains of Hell is apparently a Cajun fiddle tune that Gossage has never heard but had always liked the title of. The pictures were made in New York State: Staten Island and the area around Syracuse. The exact places for the images were chosen by consulting the 103c list of hazardous waste sites that the EPA issued. That list details specific locations of massive pollution that have not yet made it to the more public Superfund list. Gossage said that at first he would use a map and drive to the precise locations detailed on the list, but as he did more shooting, he found he could tell when a site was coming up by what you might call 'visual smell.'
— from Peter Lloyd's interview with John Gossage