TONY FITZPATRICK

THE MYSTERIES OF OHIO
DRAWING COLLAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky at Ohio #15 (Strange Angels), 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
12" x 9"

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the exhibition The Mysteries of Ohio, a series of drawing collages by Tony Fitzpatrick, from April 26 – May 25, 2013. In these forceful, yet delicate works, Fitzpatrick carves a pattern across the heart—or maybe the gut—of the Midwest. Combining overlooked and discarded bits of cigar wrappers, matchbooks, and labels Fitzpatrick celebrates forgotten and marginalized parts of American life. In the artist’s words: “...the odd mysteries of the state of Ohio took over. It is our middle and for the last decade or so, the repository for all of our anger as Americans; a battleground state, (politically and  constantly) and a place of eroding hopes and mundane shades of ideological gray.“

In the drawing collage Look at Miss Ohio, 2013 Fitzpatrick riffs on the Gillian Welch song of the same name. Within a solid border of muted colors, ephemera such as butterfly wings, colored dots, musical notes, and ticket stubs form a glittering constellation against a black background. With his layered imagery and materials, Fitzpatrick considers both where we’ve come from and where we’re going:

There was a time when Ohio had it made. Akron was the rubber and tire capital of the world. Cleveland a major manufacturing and rail hub. Youngstown was the city of steel; the town that made the cannon-balls that won the Civil War. The Buckeye State also grew rich on paper mills and the manufacture of glass. Those businesses have gone away now; the slow leak of a century’s diminishing economies took its unholy toll. There were cheaper places to do all that Ohio did and most of the manufacturing moved to right-to-work states or out of the country, away from the rust belt and lousy weather.

The exhibition also will feature a selection from Tony Fitzpatrick’s new series American Etchings. These intimate and densely colored etchings examine the nation’s disinherited—Native Americans, wanderers, and the homeless. Through symbolic imagery, and the use of American landscape and flora, Fitzpatrick brings to life their stories.

Tony Fitzpatrick’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of Art, Washington D.C. and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. A solo exhibition of the artist’s work was held at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and his work currently is included in the exhibition The Artist and the Poet on display at The Art Institute of Chicago. The artist currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

Toledo Dancing with an Autumn Star, 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

A woman dancing with Toledo; the sky at Ohio . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio Owl, 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

Among the cultures of the American Indian tribes there are a myriad of beliefs about the owl . . .

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Dandelions in the Sky, 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

She is a necklace of Dandelions in the Sky . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio Polecat, 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

There is really no such thing as an American polecat. It is a colorful bit of slang that has been used to describe skunks, weasels, minks, and ferret–anything that smells bad and resembles a weasel or an art dealer.

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The Sky at Ohio #16 (The Night Compass), 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
12" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky at Ohio #7 (Walking Adena Ghost), 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
10 3/4" x 7 1/2"

From [Fitzpatrick's] forthcoming book, The Mysteries of Ohio, native ghost of the Adena peoples, from 600 B.C., who built a “Serpent Mound” and a very long earthwork of a snake about to receive an egg in its mouth located south of Columbus.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky, At Ohio, 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

This is a piece I’ve made about driving through Ohio at night; its Midwest, hilly landscape of the American industrial ambition, writ large. . .

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Look at Miss Ohio, 2013
Mixed media drawing collage
9" x 6"

There is a song by Gillian Welch called Look at Miss Ohio, and it is full of the heartbreak and yearning of the Midwest, as well as the Ohio of the Civil War. 

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The Sky at Ohio #8 (Trophy Fish for Shondor Birns), 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
10 3/8" x 7 1/4"

On March 20th 1975, Shondor Birns, Cleveland’s  version of Al Capone, was blown to smithereens by a car-bomb . . .

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The Sky at Ohio #5 (Locust Ohio), 2013
Mixed media drawing collage

8" x 10"

 

 

 

 

The Ohio Lodge, 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
10 3/8" x 7 1/4"

He stayed upwind of the doe, and exhaled slowly, without sound. He’d have like to have gotten closer . . .

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Tiny Ohio, 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
12" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

The Hobo Smelt, 2011
Mixed media drawing collage
10 1/4" x 7 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song of the Devil, 2011
Mixed media drawing collage
10 1/2 " x 7 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky at Ohio #9 (Jim Brown in the Stars), 2012
Mixed media drawing collage
13" x
10"

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songbird for Moe Dalitz, 2010
Mixed media drawing collage
12" x 9"

 

Press:
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AMERICAN ETCHINGS

 

 

 

 

The Black Petals, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

The Path of Thieves, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apache Weed, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

The City Owl, 2013
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

The Emerald Mermaid, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chain-Gang Dreams of Kryptonite, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

The Assassination of Crazy Horse, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dust and the Ache, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

Trail of Tears, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Witness, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem for an October Bird, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uptown Cat Girl, 2012
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

A Blue-Eyed Story, 2011
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

The Map of Mercy, 2011
5 color etching, ed. of 45
Image size: 7" x 5"

Sheet size: 11" x 9"