Interview on the Hammer Museum's blog! Woot woot!

My good pal and self-publishing colleague Darin Klein selected me as one of his favorite exhibitors at the LA Art Book Fair, then interviewed me for the Hammer Museum's blog! I'm flattered, and honored!

Check it out here:







I'm super excited for the 2015 LA Art Book Fair, because I get to release Fuck Our Lives Volume Two! 

36 glorious black and white pages. Sometimes depressing, sometimes hilarious (and always fucked up) social satire about modern life in America (and maybe elsewhere?). 

Printed in an edition of 100. And like last year, I will have limited quantities of signed, numbered and hand-embellished mini-posters (11" x 17" xerox copies on card stock) of each of the pages in the book. $10 will get you a mini-poster, a copy of the zine, AND a button and skull sticker. HOLY SHIT!

(Seriously. I'm not foolin'.)

I'll also have mountains of awesome new buttons, skull stickers, and some older zine inventory- including "Skulls"- the all-skull drawing zine I released at the Tokyo Art Book Fair a few months ago!

$100 is all you need to take one home.

Come to MOCA Geffen the weekend of January 30, 31 and Feb 1 and join in the festivities!


Darren Wilson, Demon

"….it looks like a demon..."

These words have haunted me all day. Darren Wilson said this about Michael Brown… I have an incredibly hard time with these words, as I do with many of the details of Wilson's testimony before the grand jury.


His statement got me to thinking about the real "demons"... the many dark forces that have influenced humanity since… well, since the dawn of recorded human history.

Anyways… I spent the better part of the day working on this digital drawing, maybe for a poster or something. I don't know… I just wanted to make a small contribution, to express my solidarity with the many protests both online and in the physical world today.

How do hope and sincerity even survive? How do we hope anything will ever really change- truly, profoundly? RIP Michael Brown. Hopefully we'll find justice for you, and so many others, someday. Hopefully the day to day lives of people will significantly improve someday. Hopefully.


Under the freeway in SF

A few photos I shot under the freeway in SF recently… 


Upcoming publication projects!

I'm working on a bunch of new photo and drawing zines, including the (digitally drawn) second volume of Fuck Our Lives- it will be available at the 2015 LA Art Book Fair. I'm also getting into a very special "adult" edition of Fuck Our Lives in collaboration with Shelby Sells, which will illustrate true sex stories and mishaps. Trust me- it's raunchy and hilarious!

I've got a number of photo/zine projects cooking- a forthcoming (color) volume of Persons Unknown (see below). I'm still working on the giant book of photos from Rome… and I have a grant/residency project I'm about to begin in Oceanside, CA which will culminate in the publication of a photo book. 

There's a bunch of other stuff, but for now...

Here's a page from Fuck Our Lives, Volume Two:

And here's a page spread from Persons Unknown, Volume Two (Fifth and Flower):



Duck Study #12, Acrylic and Graphite on paper, 11 x 14 inches, 2014. 

I'm psyched to be part of RTC's group show DUCKS! The list of participating artists includes a ridiculous number of my favorite people working today- it's a real honor to be included! Thanks, RTC! 

'DUCKS' at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery
curated by Ryan Travis Christian

October 24 – November 29
opens October 24th 7-10pm
John Phillip Abbott, Daniel Albrigo, Scott Anderson, Brian Belott, Marissa Bero, Michelle Blade, Morgan Blair, Eric Carlson, Jacob Ciocci, Brian Cooper, Matthew Craven, Ryan De La Hoz, Bill Donovan, Lauren Ivy Dudko, Austin Eddy, Cassie Edwards, Madeleine Ehrhardt, William Emmert, Ron Ewert, Amir H. Fallah, Andreas Fischer, Travis Fish, Ted Gahl, Richard Galling, Ethan Gill, Magalie Guerin, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Joseph Hart, Cody Hudson, Huskmitnavn, Matt Irie, David Jien, Kiel Johnson, Stacie Johnson, Ben Jones, Kara Joslyn, Michael Krueger, Alex Kvares, Jessica Labatte, Jeff Ladouceur, Eric Lebofsky, Austin Lee, David Leggett, Sofia Leiby, Matt Leines, Dave Lloyd, Matt Lock, Tom Long, Morgan Manduley, Keegan McHargue, Taylor Mckimens, Bill McRight, Easton Miller, Mark Mulroney, Marcie Oakes, Jonah Olsen, Robyn O’Neil, Hilary Pecis, Joyce Pensato, Cleon Peterson, Josh Reames, Carmen Price, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Amber Renaye, Christian Rex van Minnen, John Riepenhoff, Steve Ruiz, Louis Schmidt, Allison Schulnik, Adam Scott, Eric Shaw, Casey Jex Smith, TL Solien, Edra Soto, Ben Stone, Devin Troy Strother, Marissa Textor, Jeremy Tinder, Talia Shulze, James Ulmer, Sarah Weber, Nick Wilkinson, Sara Willadsen, Bud Wizzo, Scott Wolniak, Eric Yahnker
Greenpoint Terminal Gallery
67 West Street #320
Brooklyn, NY 11222


Opens October 23, 2014 (6-8pm)
Tennessee State University's Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery

I'm delighted to have three large drawings in this Nashville, TN group show curated by Jodi Hays and Laura Hutson! 

The included works were made while I was at Watershed Residency, in Watertown, TN., and were part of my solo show Cy Twombly Death's Head, back in January at Park Life in San Francisco. Scroll down on this blog and you can see all the images from that show.

If you're in Nashville, or passing through, stop in and check them out! (and send me a photo!) 


you can find directions to the gallery here:


heading off to Japan

I'll be heading off to Tokyo, Japan next week for the upcoming 2014 Tokyo Art Book Fair! Stay tuned to my Instagram feed (user name: bridgethevoid) for ongoing coverage of Tokyo art, books, architecture, culture, skateboarding and fun!


From Beginning to End: Ben Medansky and Louis M Schmidt at Needles & Pens in SF!

Have a look at the install (and some detail) shots of Ben Medansky and I's show From Beginning to End at Needles & Pens in San Francisco, CA! The show opened this past weekend, on August 9, and will be up through the end of September! After a year and a half of thinking about, I'm thrilled at the way it turned out- If you happen to be in the beautiful city of San Francisco, please stop by and have a look! 

Needles & Pens is one of my favorite centers of art and arts publishing, and an eleven-year deep resource for San Francisco's many residents and visitors. The shop has made a huge impact on my life and my art practice, and it's a tremendous honor to have a show of my work upon their walls. I'm just sayin' so you know how I feel about it. Get in there and show some them love! 

Install view

Crimes Against Humanity, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 14 inches, 2014

Install view

Heads, Headstones, Arches #2, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Install view

Heads, Headstones, Arches #1, Graphite on paper, 7.5 x 9.5 inches (approx), 2014

Install view

The Dream of Another History, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Install view

Reclining Nude, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Install view

The Omniscient Circle, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Meaningless (Probably) Fragment of History, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2014

Install view

Stand Your Ground, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2015

Install view

Build the Unit. Repeat., Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Install view

Install view

Classical Architecture, Graphite on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

The Architecture of the Infinite, Graphite on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2014

Vase with Arches, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 4.5 x 6.5 inches, 2014

Install view

These last three pieces are part of the series, but not in the show. I thought I'd include them here just for kicks. 

Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

Untitled, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2014

If you're interested in any of the work, please contact Needles & Pens (needlesandpens@hotmail.com) directly. If you have any trouble, shoot me an email at louismschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll be happy to help out.

3253 16th St
SF, CA 94103


From Beginning to End

From Beginning to End: Ben Medansky and Louis M Schmidt

I'm STOKED to announce this show! Needles & Pens is one of my favorite places in the world and it's a great honor to be showing there, especially alongside a most excellent LA-based ceramicist, Ben Medansky. Check out this hot little mention on him in the NYTimes!

From Beginning to End is a two person exhibition in which the sometimes abstract/sometimes utilitarian ceramic sculptural works of Ben Medansky will be displayed along side Louis M Schmidt’s graphite/ink drawings depicting the complicated interrelations between human beings. Works by these two Los Angeles based artists will be on display through September 30, 2014 in the gallery at Needles & Pens.

Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103

See the Facebook event for all the info: 



Intended as an aesthetic and psychological counterpoint to my current show Cy Twombly Death's Head (see below post) at Park Life in SF, I produced this fast and crude little comic/zine Fuck Our Lives (Volume One) for Printed Matter's 2014 LA Art Book Fair. I made a limited first edition of 50 copies, and it sold out mid-afternoon on Saturday! People were super into it, and extremely into the Xerox posters I gave away with it!

I made another, darker photo book triptych as well, titled Cover Your Breast, which people also responded strongly to. Phew! 

I'm completely humbled by the fair- so many people said I was their favorite booth! I sold a bunch of shirts and photo zines and had a great time chatting with the masses! 

So… maybe I'm funny? I don't know… I'm just stoked that everyone enjoyed it so much! 

Now I just need to find someone to sponsor a larger edition of Volume Two! For that one, I'm thinking I'll double the page count and produce a small signed and numbered Xerox poster edition on heavyweight paper. Sounds like a good art show, too- who wants to do it? 

Check out the pages of the zine: 

This last one didn't make the cut for the book, but I like it a bunch nonetheless: