November 30, 2012 – January 12, 2013
Reception: Sunday, December 16, 3 – 6pm
RAC is pleased to present American Etchings, featuring new work by Tony Fitzpatrick. A Chicago-based artist, these new etchings are part of an ongoing series that embodies the artist’s complex relationship to American identity and ideals. A timely group of work following the recent presidential election, they are surprisingly intimate in scale, yet pack a punch with the dense use of imagery culled from Chicago street life, personal memories, contemporary politics and industrialization. Fitzpatrick accompanies many of the etchings with a written narrative, in which he interweaves personal history and anecdotes with thoughts on contemporary social and political issues. These highly personal works are at once revelatory and enigmatic, unabashedly brazen yet poetic, and possess a physical delicacy that is deeply powerful.
Fitzpatrick’s works are in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami.
For additional information on the artist visit http://tonyfitzpatrick.wordpress.com/.