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May 1, 2006

The Final Countdown

We're leaving together,
But still it's farewell
And maybe we'll come back,
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We're leaving ground
Will things ever be the same again?

It's the final countdown...

Beaten, bruised and badly blistered, I still soldiered on yesterday for my final visit to NOVA before everyone closed up shop. So, for those of you just dying for a look at some highlights in situ, you've got it.

Before we get going, though, a quick visit with unofficial NOVA crown prince and Chicago poster boy (so to speak) Tony Fitzpatrick at Pierogi, where he poses with Brooklyn artist Jim Torok's "Everybody Loves Tony" (the genesis of which was detailed in Bad at Sports' third fair weekend podcast):

And as he was so very gratious in indulging me this pose, I'd imagine a plug for Tony's book, The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume 1, is probably in order. Seemed like everyone had a copy in hand throughout the run of the fair. Hot, hot, hot. (And everybody apparently does love Tony.)

But, anyways, onwards and upwards (and so forth). I'd really wanted to get these posted yesterday, but had to quit processing the images when my new MacBook Pro started to burn my lap (speaking of hot). It was after 2 am, anyways, so I didn't mind too terribly putting them off until today.

(Needless to say, if any artists or galleries pictured here want full resolution version of any of these images, I'd be more than happy to email them.)

In the spirit of subversive egalitarianism fostered by a late-afternoon visit to Version Fest yesterday, we are presenting them in reverse alphabetical order...

Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago

At Thomas Robertello: West Loop newcomer Robertello himself, flanked by paintings by Jason Robert Bell; a trio of paintings by Jorin Bossen; more Bell

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia

A selection of Peter Gourfain woodblock prints as hung at Projects Gallery

Outlaw A, Chicago

Barbara Koenen's mandala-style Afghan war rug at outlaw A

McCaig–Welles Gallery, Brooklyn

At McCaig–Welles: a wall full of Nick Kuszyk's robot paintings; five mixed media works by Shepard Fairey (including a partially-obscured Lenin)

Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn

Alex Dodge's "The Most Beautiful Dreams" at Klaus Von Nichtssagend

Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York

At Kathleen Cullen: Patrick Shaw's varnished bar napkin drawings (1, 2, 3) and Mark Chamberlain's notorious take on the dynamic duo (4)

Gescheidle, Chicago

At gescheidle: left to right, Marci Rae McDade, Eric Gibbons and Whitney Lee

Dorsch Gallery, Miami

At Dorsch: a Brian Reedy woodcut greets visitors at the door; Dorsch himself below an array of Kyle Trowbridge drawings; a pair of poorly-lit Franklin Einspruch originals; a Brian Reedy print

Eric Doeringer

Eric Doeringer's full bootleg spread

Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn

A couple heavily art historical paintings by Loren Munk at Dam, Stuhltrager

Creative Thrift Shop, Brooklyn

Sculpture by Guerra de la Paz (if that is their real name) seen at Creative Thrift Shop

Clapham Art Gallery, London

At Clapham: paintings by Emma Bennet (top) and Cathy Lomax (bottom)

Bucket Rider, Chicago

At Bucket Rider: wall text by Amanda Ross-Ho; photocollage by Josh Mannis

Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco

Two works on paper by Steve MacDonald at Bucheon

Big Cat Press, Chicago

The scene at Big Cat Press: viewing prints by Michael Pajon; left to right, prints by Michael Pajon and Silas Dilworth

Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles

Photo sculture and photos by David Meanix (seated at the Mac above, if memory serves) at Bert Green Fine Art

Plus... A very special bonus round

Security takes out the riff-raff (Chris Reilly's "Everything I Do Is Art, But Nothing I Do Makes Any Difference, Part II or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Gallery" at the Network of Visual Art)

"The Final Countdown"
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