Tony Fitzpatrick’s constellations, assemblages of cutouts—found folk art, poems, old advertisements and magazines, ancient matchbook covers—are collected in The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume 2 published this spring by La Luz de Jesus Press. The city is Chicago, the dreams are all-American and the memories those of a nostalgic past tempered by an artist who is well aware, as Alex Kotlowitz writes in the book’s introduction, that “Chicago is a city of romance and optimism alongside the failed and the fragile.” These kaleidoscopic works of art, small collages as packed with meaning and double entendre as Joseph Cornell’s, are visually lush and gritty, a cosmology that is both familiar and exotic.
Tony Fitzpatrick, The Magic Cicada, 2006, collage and mixed media on paper. All images courtesy of the artist and Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn.
Tony Fitzpatrick, The Magic Waitress, 2005, collage and mixed media on paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2”.
Tony Fitzpatrick, The Winter Spider, 2005, collage and mixed media on paper, 13 × 10 inches.