Friday, November 20, 2009

Favorite Artist From Chicago


I've never been to Chicago but I love this image of the city at night with the clock tower and the full moon.

Chicago is the stomping ground of Tony Fitzpatrick, one of my favorite contemporary collage artists. Formerly a tattoo artist and semi-professional boxer, self-instructed Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick is a renegade in the contemporary art scene. He includes lots of ephemera in his work which has been described as visual poetry exacto-bladed out of old matchbook covers.

Davidson Galleries offers some of his older work from 1992-2000, and this Poetry Foundation interview includes a nice slide show of thirteen of his more recent collages. I wrote about about him in an earlier blog post here.

And Tony has a blog called No. 9 - An Artist's Journey which I enjoy very much.

"Art is a kind of rebirth. It is what elevates us above darkness, tragedy and furious loss. " (T. F.)

"Art is how we cheat death: We make that which outlasts us." (T. F.)

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday to you all!

12 comments:

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, how beautiful. I can see why this person is your favorite artist!!! Inspiring!

Happy Thanksgiving week--and Happy PFF!

Mary said...

Spectacular postcard, and thanks for the link to the artist. Really like the work! Happy PFF.

sarala said...

I'll have to check this guy out. I live in Chicago and love the Wrigley building especially when it is all lit up at night.

Geralyn Gray said...

Thanks for sharing such a great card and an insight on the artists and some great quotes!

Sheila said...

That is a stunning building! It must loook amazing in reality.

Postcardy said...

There is a whole book about night postcards. They are actually a special art form, especially the older ones before there was color photography on postcards.

Snap said...

I love Chicago and the Wrigley building is very special. I can see why you like this artist so much. Thanks for the links.

postcardparadise said...

Great postcard! I particularly like these night time postcards. You should visit Chicago sometime. I think you'd like it.

Marie Reed said...

I'm off to learn more about Fitzpatrick now. Does seeing an imagine of the Wrigley building make you crave gum too?

AnitaNH said...

I found that book Postcardy recommended. "Postcards of the Night" by John A. Jakle. Check out Amazon for views of a few of the pages.

[publisher's description - ]
Illustrated with eighty vintage city postcards made between the turn of the twentieth century and through the 1970's (with the emphasis on the first four decades), historical geographer, John A. Jakle turns his attention to early-twentieth-century nocturnal views of America's cities and to the role of the picture postcard in popular culture. "Postcard images offered important visual 'fixes' -- mental templates for visualizing cities -- the vista of a downtown street at night, or a bird's eye view of a vividly lit downtown, or the dramatic lighting of monuments and other architectural landmarks. As a result, the popularity and proliferation of the penny postcard influenced how Americans thought about cities as landscape displays."

MrCachet said...

The Fitzpatrick pieces look like they would make excellent backs for playing cards!

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

That's beautiful !
I thought it's a photo, later find that it's a drawing.