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The Sumpnold Journey into Arctic Norway
Tuesday, 06 June 2006 18:41
Perfect strangers, Rachell Sumpter and Corey Arnold, meet in Norway in search of whale killing and snow. Two complete strangers, one a painter, the other a photographer searched the arctic in hopes meeting nomadic reindeer herders and shifty whalers and seal hunters of Northern Norway. They talk here via instant message about their journey.

Drawings by Rachell Sumpter
Photos by Corey Arnold

Corey Arnold------
That photo of us jumping looks kind of gay. I mean you look kind of gay in it. In both a queer way and a happy way. But it kind of sums up the trip right. It was like this the whole time right? Gay... in a happy way.

Rachell Rumpter------
Thanks Corey....Yes, that was a happy trip. Definetly, lots of singing around the campfire...

Corey Arnold------
Maybe we should talk about how we didn't even know each other? I think that is interesting and weird that you came all the way to Norway and we only emailed a few times before.

rachell sumpter------
I sent an email to Corey asking if he'd trade a photo for a painting, his reply went something like "dude, you paint Sami, come to Norway and we'll find them"... so I went... my gut said I should go, plus there were some really odd coincidences that seemed to be pushing things along too. Maybe it's a little weird you invited me though.

Corey Arnold------
I was thinking you could be a no strings attached piece of meat... oh... did I type that outloud? I mean, I felt it was my duty to help a nice artist from the big city to escape into worlds that maybe they would never.... damn, I can't be serious... just kidding about the piece of meat.

rachell sumpter------
Don't be serious. anyway, strings are for yo-yo's, I just get tangled up in them.

Corey Arnold------
Exactly, was that too bad of a joke... not funny...sorry... what would my parents think... ah, take that out please... my family is already almost banishing me for the dog humping little kid photo on my website.... So, weren't you worried that this Corey guy was going to be a lame redneck?

rachell sumpter------
Redneck didn't cross my mind, maybe that you might turn me into crab bait though. When I told a friend who knew you that I was vacillating about going and she said "Oh Corey, don't worry he's a nice guy. watch him on the deadliest catch, you'll see." So I watched an episode...you seemed nerdy and funny, in a very good way...at least that's the way it was edited.

Corey Arnold------
So you saw me on TV and thought I was nerdy enough not to be a lame redneck? That's cool.

rachell sumpter------
Rednecks are okay. they just see things a little differently. I definitely prefer funny nerds though.

Corey Arnold------
But you thought I was more nerdy than tough. I wanna be thought of as tough. You think I'm tough... right... right?

rachell sumpter------
Course I think you're tough, t-u-f-f tough! I trusted you to be my guide through the arctic, that alone says alot.

Corey Arnold------
It was kind of an experiment, I guess.... to invite you over. Just seemed like we're onto the same subjects... animals, hunting, arctic folk.... shark riding... Plus you said that you were willing to kill seals with a gun. That's pretty tough. I mean, It can be tough to kill defenseless sea creatures as long as they are bigger then you, right? Anyway, I was just joking when I invited you over... but you just bought the plane ticket. It was out of my hands.

rachell sumpter------
That sealed the deal? Lies Corey. You lured me with "Ive got this great photo job, we'll have free places to stay and food to eat" ect..then your job fell through and I tried to back out, but you were persistently adamant that it would be awesome, and you were right...Even without the seals.

Corey Arnold------
Sealed.... I get it. Yeah, we had high hopes to kill some large mammals or at least witness it... whaling, sealing...but bad weather prevented our seal hunter connection from taking the boat out. He was a real happy guy though. He was so excited to tell me about the 20 seals he shot last week near the North Cape. They were those really ugly seals that have horse heads. It's probably more fun to kill ugly seals then the cute spotted ones... I would imagine.

rachell sumpter------
We did hunt masa eggs, on towering lichen crusted cliffs and gave them to the Sami...then we met these insane roadside trolls and found lamb carnage on the wayside- not our doing, not at all, it was probably the trolls.

Corey Arnold------
No one knows what masa eggs are, Rachell. Plus you spelled it wrong. Its "Maase" eggs and since we are doing this conversation story thing about our trip in English, we should probably just refer to them as "Seagull Eggs". Last year, I got picked up hitchhiking in Finnmark by this family that was visiting grandma for dinner... they invited me along and we went on a bulimic frenzy.... eating fried cod tongues and seagull eggs. I didn't know it was gonna be a bulimic episode though until after dinner.

rachell sumpter------
Gross, Corey. Sorry about my phonetical Norwegian spelling, grandparents weren't very good about making sure the family kept our native tounge.

Corey Arnold------
Yeah.... Who knew you could eat seagull eggs? Have you ever thought of picking seagull eggs in SF?

rachell sumpter------
No way. I don't even hunt fish here, but I live in the Richmond district and some of the restruant's have very exotic dishes. Theres a strong possiblity Mosse is on a menu nearby.

Corey Arnold------
Not a chance... I would imagine they are full of a million PCBs in Cali. Much healthier in the Arctic... you never even tasted 'em huh?

rachell sumpter------
Next time....What was going on between you and that fish?

Corey Arnold------
What fish? Seagull eggs are the best and the yolk is two toned... Orange and yellow.

rachellsumpter------
Sounds yummy. You know, the giant frozen fish on a stick.

Corey Arnold------
Who doesn't want a photo next to a giant frozen fish on the side of the road? Next question....

rachell sumpter------
...okay, but I saw you two making out...

Corey Arnold------
That's not funny. I don't make out with fake fish. What was up with your balance though during the trip?

rachell sumpter------
It was all those boat trips...four? five? six? They threw my equilibrium off, couldn't shake the sea legs and was falling over like a drunk bird. Finally, I just gave up fighting it and hid out in the grass for awhile, that was nice.

Corey Arnold------
The one where you hit your head on the roof of the little shack. bummer.

rachell sumpter------
It hurt a little, I'm fine now, why are you bringing it up, still grumpy about the outhouse ransack?

Corey Arnold------
my pants were down... you cheated. I collided with the inside of the stall upon impact. I was trying to take a nice calm picture of me pooping in an arctic outhouse.... and suddenly you were there... like an angry flying squirrel... ruining my aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt.

rachell sumpter------
Just fox, no squirrel, can't help it, besides I kept waiting and waiting, then when you asked me to bring a Fisherman's Life Mag over...well...that brought the claws out...things were becoming way to comfy between us... besides you need it, your life is way to easy

Corey Arnold------
Yeah, my life is a cakewalk. I get to cruise around the world and take naked pictures of everything all the time and drink bubbly water.... what's the problem?

rachell sumpter------
Exactly...boat cruises in Alaska, catch a few crabs, fly to Oslo, take pictures of your naked friends, drink frent branco all day...comfy.

Corey Arnold------
You mean Farnet Branca? You call yourself sophisticated?

rachellsumpter------
Sofitikated? Not at all, Im a simple woman.

Corey Arnold------
I like how you said "catch a few crabs" like "It's a beautiful day... sigh... I'm just gonna take a walk to the seashore and pluck me out a couple of nice king crabs today". What about your life? You've obviously got all the time in the world to take off on random trips around the world with complete strangers.

rachell sumpter------
Time?...I saw one episode and you were sorta just hanging around, isn't that how it is to be a crab fisherman in Alaska--easy peasy right?

Corey Arnold------
Do you ever work? Maybe you have assistants painting for you? I tried having an assistant... but they always quit when I start throwing polaroids at them.

rachell sumpter------
I was just kidding about crabbing being easy. that job's insane, but at this point I'm sure whatever they pay you isn't. why you do it?...assistants can't paint the dots, takes infinite amounts of mindless restraint, now I working almost twenty four hours a day....What's wrong with flying polariods, the sharp edges? Sounds like fun.

Corey Arnold------
You're the master at dot painting I think, but maybe you're the only dot painter I know. But still you're good at painting dots. Back to the assistants.... If they aren't fully attentive. I throw things at them. They always deserve it though. They just aren't able to look outside the box enough to know that I'm always right. They just quit. Wimps...

rachell sumpter------
Thanks, expert dot painter doesnt sound like much compared to what you do though. Neil Farber's work has many dots too, I love dots!....Maybe you should be nice Corey, kill'em with kindness...or you could just hire me, Im t-u-f-f too.

Corey Arnold------
Ok I will... who is Neil Farber?

rachell sumpter------
Neil Farber? He's a talented painter guy, lives in Winnipeg I think, part of the Royal Art Lodge.

Corey Arnold------
Wow. Neat.

Rachell Sumpter------
Yes, yes. We're getting sidetracked again, maybe we should talk about the trip?

Corey Arnold------
This is just like reality tv but in text. Conversation reality. Could it be the new interview?

rachell sumpter------
Yes, we'll invent a new interviewing genre- The Arnold Sumpter interview style, or is it the Arnsumpchat method?

Corey Arnold------
Sumpnold....let's do a Sumpnold. Can you guys do a Sumpnold for the next Believer?

rachell sumpter------
Sumpnold tickles when you say it out loud...Ha you're rad

Corey Arnold------
add ical to the end of that and that's what you are ------
rachellsumpter------
awwww stop, you're making me blush

Corey Arnold------
That was so dumb what we just said. How pretentious. It's just a conversation. Everybody's doin' it.

rachell sumpter------
I thought we were joking. Like Bobbybirdman says ..jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes...

Corey Arnold------
Maybe we should talk more about what this place is like.... Finnmark I mean... OK, I'll start... so we drove and drove through the Sami lands of the interior and met some nice reindeer herder people and stayed at this cabin with 40 sled dogs howling off and on through the night.

rachell sumpter------
We met many sami, and you spoke with the king sami reindeer herder!...then we were invited back for the reindeer slaughter...yes, the dogs howled into a night without darkness...they smelled our granola with blueberry liquid yogurt and peanut butter colored cheese breakfast..I must be hungry.

Corey Arnold------
Remember when that dog lacerated your arm? I think I captured that last moment of happiness before that dog just ripped you to pieces. that was cool. I remember yelling, "Let me get a shot first...keep smiling... hold on!" So you didn't really start screaming until after I got my shot and blood started spurting. That's a nasty word isn't it?... spurting.

rachellsumpter------
...she fed me to her puppies, she was dedicated and I was laughing not screaming. Spurting is sick, purting is kinda wierd too but then break it down to urting and its good.

Corey Arnold------
thats like purrr-farting.

rachell sumpter------
Exactly....finally we saw some reigndeer, of course you went a little wild.

Corey Arnold------
You spelled reindeer wrong... people are going to comment that this interview is a disgrace... and we are just trashy urban degenerates... Like the dude that did the exhibition on ballsacs.

rachell sumpter------
People can say whatever they want...maybe we are trashy urban degenerates... glowing electric blue trash degenerates...back to reighndeer crossing! fecal minds want to know the truth- mr.

Corey Arnold------
What did I do the reindeer crossing the road? Besides try to run them down. Everybody does that... It's like a game. Oh, you spelled reindeer wrong... twice.

rachell sumpter------
That's what happens when you get kicked out of high school, basic skills like spelling and grammer - nonexistent. I'm gonna have to draw that raindear scene...Are you still considering a house in vardo next to the mind controlling lazer beam shooting satellite?...I love vardo, during twenty four hour darkness the whole town starts playing norwegian black metal and they have lazer light shows in the sky...I could see the Vardoians doing that, Mott would be into it.

Corey Arnold------
Yeah, Vardo is the raddest place in finnmark. Check out this picture. There is this secret US spy radar station in town on the island. See how it is obviously CONTROLLING the weather in the area! But yeah, Vardo is the Northeasternmost place in Norway and you can see Russia across the ocean. The town is partially abandoned which makes for some cheap real estate and some real hardcore people. You can buy a house there for around $5000... The official explaination for the radar station overlooking the town is that it's monitoring weather... but everyone knows it's spying on russia. It used to have a dome to hide which way the dish was pointing but it blew off in a bad storm this winter. Last time it blew off... during the cold war... it was pointed straight at Russia.... ha!

rachell sumpter------
We spy on you Russia!

Corey Arnold------
Shit, I'm tired of black helicopters showing up at my doorstep every other day... we shouldn't include that part. But maybe I have nothing to worry about. The black helicopters were tracking me when I started draining all those cows of blood in Idaho back in '89? That was funny... everyone thought it was the aliens! Russians probably drive rust colored helicopters.

rachellsumpter------
To match their awesome rust colored trawlers. Okay, I think were done here. Till next time Mr, leave the death star running.

Corey Arnold------
Yeah maybe we should wrap this thing up. I'm not sure if anyone learned anything from this, Sumpnold. We should make an extra long header paragraph that actually talks about what we did on the trip and where we went. We didn't even talk about the icy roads... getting trapped in a pass for 6 hours, running out of gas... The American lady at the diner in Vardo that made a bird out of the aluminum foil for my pizza slice doggy bag. Oh, I have a picture! Check it out!

rachellsumpter------
That woman was a character...heck, we never talked about the king crab that joined us for wine and cigarettes, or the liquid rock lakes and frequent sightings of kryptonite knives, or the Hurtigurten spinning out of control, falling through the ice and landing in yeti land, or how the sami said they knew I was coming...but were saving that part for Giant Robots next issue.

Corey Arnold------
And those Norwegians.... an attractive bunch don't you think? Remember the girl in the cafe... smokin! Then she turned out to be only 16... and I quickly switches gears from smokin! to oh, she's a cute girl.

rachell sumpter------
Her last name is Loveland...I'm not kidding folks, and she was wearing fuchia silk flowers in her hair...so so pretty.

Corey Arnold------
Ok, enjoy that sizzling SF June weather. see you bye.

rachellsumpter------
Okay, bye.

Corey Arnold is a freelance photographer and a crab fisherman reality tv show dude on Discovery's Deadliest Catch. He also contributes regularly to the P.O.T.D. here at Fecalface. You can find more of his work at coreyfishes.com

Rachell Sumpter paints, makes videos and happily contributes her art and writing to magazines and books when asked. More of her work can seen at rachellsumpter.com {moscomment}

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Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


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