Dustin Hostetler’s ‘Faesthetic’ features art by Mark MothersbaughWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten years ago, freelance illustrator Dustin Hostetler was the creator of a Xeroxed and stapled art magazine. Today, Faesthetic is a full-color, printed magazine.
The magazine’s focus is to include “illustration, graffiti, photography and design” of different artists from all over the world, Hostetler said.
“The goal has always been to publish and promote artists I love,” Hostetler said.
Faesthetic is celebrating its 10th anniversary with issue No. 13. The issue is available at www.faesthetic.com for a special discount price of $13 plus shipping and handling. The first 100 copies will also come with a laser-etched keychain designed by artist Jennifer Daniel.
Hostetler said the magazine’s name means “The Fast Aesthetic,” which explains the magazine’s incentive to give a “quick glimpse into what art looks like from the year it was produced.”
“‘The Fast Aesthetic’ refers to the crazy media world we live in, where commercial and pop culture are constantly changing,” he said.
Hostetler, who makes art under the name UPSO, has published the magazine as a hobby; he now balances his time co-owning Grumpy’s Deli in Downtown Toledo.
Each issue of the magazine has a separate theme; this current issue’s theme is “luck.”
“I invite artists to do work based on a specific theme and color scheme for each issue,” Hostetler said.
One of the features in the issue is a photo essay written by Molly Dilworth. In the essay, she writes about an art competition she was involved with during the summer in New York City. Dilworth discovered she was selected for the competition right after being hit by a car while she was riding her bike.
“It was really good luck and bad luck right next to each other,” Dilworth said, which made the essay perfect for this issue’s theme.
Dilworth has been featured on the magazine’s accompanying blog think.faesthetic.com, but was never previously featured in the magazine.
Hostetler said he is the only person involved in the publishing aspect of the magazine, but each issue involves 40 to 100 artists.
Issue 13 features 130 high-quality printed pages of original art from 45 different artists. Only one artist is local; the others come from across the country. The cover was designed by internationally known artist Mike Giant.
Another contributor is Mark Mothersbaugh, the Ohio native who leads the band Devo. Mothersbaugh illustrated eight miniature postcards attached to the issue.
“Mark came to an art opening of mine in LA a few years ago and we’ve kept in touch ever since,” Hostetler said.
“Faesthetic is a ding-dang double spicy, 3 ring fire alarm! They were courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent! The only sad thing is, They are always working with new artists, so this is probably the last time in my life i will ever get to be in Faesthetic” Mothersbaugh said.
Hostetler, who contributes illustrations to Toledo Free Press Star, is constantly looking at artwork by people from all over the world.
“Typically, artists contact me through [the website], and e-mail me links to their portfolio. If I think their work fits with the project, I follow up with more information,” Hostetler said.