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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"
Posted by Dan at 06:44 PM


Yikes! Now I know which of my pix not to post. One of my favorite pieces was the sound thing drifting up and down the stairwell of Mark Booth et al (of Bodybuilder and Sportsman) reading wonderful absurdities about today and tomorrow, based on light sensors.

Things beginning to collapse into a pleasant blur of memories now.

Posted by: Cynthia on May 4, 2006 at 12:08 PM

Love the photos
I wish I could of gone to the art fair
Steve MacDonald

Posted by: Steve MacDonald on May 5, 2006 at 04:48 PM

So you are gone again? What's up? Not even a little filler post. Have you lost the iconoduel? (bad pun intended)

Posted by: Erik Wenzel on June 12, 2006 at 12:15 PM

Referenced in this post:

Alex Dodge
Amanda Ross-Ho
Artnet: Artists—Mark Chamberlain
Bad at Sports Podcast: Bad at Sports Episode 35c:: Threats and recrimination
Barbara Koenen
Cathy Lomax
Chris Reilly
David Meanix
Eric Doeringer
Eric Gibbons
Guerra de la Paz
Jason Robert Bell
Josh Mannis
Loren Munk
Made With Sweet Love
NOVA Art Fair
NOVA Art Fair: Bert Green Fine Art
NOVA Art Fair: Big Cat Press
NOVA Art Fair: Bucheon Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Bucket Rider
NOVA Art Fair: Clapham Art Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Creative Thrift Shop
NOVA Art Fair: Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Dorsch Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
NOVA Art Fair: Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: McCaig–Welles Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Network of Visual Art
NOVA Art Fair: Pierogi
NOVA Art Fair: Projects Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: Thomas Robertello Gallery
NOVA Art Fair: gescheidle
NOVA Art Fair: outlaw A
Pierogi 2000: Jim Torok
R. Nick Kuszyk
Ramblin Worker
Silas Dilworth
Tony Fitzpatrick: The Wonder, Volume 1
Version Festival