Nova Art Fair
featuring Juan Doe, Justine Reyes, Guerra de la Paz, Anke Bauer, Alexander Reyna, Gae Savannah, Jon Allen, Heather Hart
Curator Lynn del Sol

Run dates: April 27th - April 30th, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday April 28th, 2006; 6-9pm
Location: Nova Art Fair
Directions: 933 W. Belmont Avenure, Chicago, Il 60657

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CTS is packing it’s bags and heading to Chicago! With over 10 galleries from Williamsburg joining us, it is sure to be a event not to be missed. CTS will feature in its two room suite a curatorial theme that grapples with political uncertainties and contradictions entitled “All’s Fair in Love and War”. For every art work using the theme of war and violence there will be an opposing view of peace and renewal, at times posed by the same artist.

Against a bed of red rose petals artist Heather Hart will install a curtain of weapons all snugly wrapped in crochet yarns deterring our constant yearning to use them. Artist duo Guerra de la Paz will feature a video entitled Issue at Hand which reverberates the sound of machine guns while two men dual it out on toilets. Alexander Reyna video BETA with it swells of color and mass media icons will battle for the sound stage with moaning of a good night of sexual encounters. Juan Doe debuts his latest series Penny for Your Thoughts hinging on the comical genius that only an alter ego can lay claim to while Justine Reyes Mask Series bares the anxieties one faces on the worlds stage.

Participating artists include: Juan Doe, Justine Reyes, Guerra de la Paz, Heather Hart, Anke Bauer, dope pope, Alexander Reyna, Gae Savannah, Jon Allen and L.A. design dual Leroy Jenkins. 


about the art fair: Nova Art Fair transforms Chicago's City Suites Hotel into a 40-gallery exposition of new art. The Nova mission is to broaden the exposure of emerging and contemporary art and artists by providing a cost-effective showcase for the best established and emerging galleries, ateliers, storefronts, artist collectives and artist-run spaces.

about the curator: Lynn del Sol was born and raised in New York. She is the director and founder of {CTS} creative thriftshop, a young art company that represents international emerging and under-represented artists. Actively organizing over twenty nomadic exhibitions and events a year, you can find her constantly on the go from Istanbul to Buenos Aires, Basel to Berlin, New York to Miami. Lynn was co-curator of the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has volunteered in the education department at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). She held directorship at Jack the Pelican Presents (Brooklyn, NY.) and at Xanadu* (New York, NY). She was recently invited to become a board member of the Williamsburg Gallery Association (WGA).

about the artist: Juan Doe an artist that strains the boundary between painting, propaganda, polemics, and philosophical discourse in art. He encapsulated a new age aesthetic through his command of the graphic process but with the masterful execution of a painter. His images are non-negotiable, they cannot be interpreted or postponed; they exist now, for the oxygen of the viewers eyes. A recipient in 2007 and 2008 of an individual grant in visual arts from the Bronx Council of the Arts, he is represented in the Bronx Museum (New York).

about the artist: Justine Reyes was born in California and now lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her photography and installation and video works in the United States and abroad.

  Installation View: Nova Art Fair, Chicago IL. 2006
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

about the artist: Guerra de la Paz is the composite name that represents the creative team efforts of Cuban-born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. What began as an idea for two individual artists to share a working studio in Miami's Little Haiti, has become an ongoing collaboration that has evolved into constant experimentation, manifesting into a body of work that spans over eleven years in a variety of formats. The recipient of the 2008 SCOPE Foundation Grant for artist project “Under the Banyan Tree,” they are are represented in the Saatchi Collection (London), 21C Museum Foundation (Louisville, KY), Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Miami Art Museum (Miami, FL), and The Cintas Fellows Collection.

about the artist: Anke Bauer makes the intrigued hunt their way in and out of her meticulously painted landscapes. Infinite, colorful, and a tad bit aloof, these curious tower-blocks, futuristic landscapes, Space-Shuttles, and idyllic crumbling villas impress upon the viewer a creeping sense of both utopian hopefulness and industrial uneasiness. A recipient of multiply study abroad grants, she will be participating in her first American Museum exhibition at the Nueburger Museum (New York)

about the artist: Alexander Reyna is inspired by the banal as much as he is by the profound. One 20th century argument about art’s relationship to contemporary culture proposes that art stands at the forefront of culture and works against kitsch. His work deals explicitly with our relationship with mass media and corporatized imagery.

about the artist: Heather Hart is interested in how we, as humans, relate to each other and how we naturally, or unnaturally, relate to materials. She expresses explores mainly through installation, photo, performance and the manipulation of found object.

about the artist: The sculptures of Gae Savannah are not what they appear to be. Loud and bright, they couldn't be more conspicuous; and yet they also hide, cherishing a lonesome interiority under a veil of spectacle. Their psychic work on the viewer is subtle and slow; at first, the large sculptures seem imposingly grandiose and saccharine, while the smaller ones look like pretty, innocent objects d'art.

about the artist: Jon Allen received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his AFA from Mercer County Community College. His intense paintings and drawings both woo and disarm the viewer.

Installation View: Nova Art Fair, Chicago IL. 2006
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Heather Hart, Uzi Coozie Installation, 2006, yarn and guns, 72x108in. Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Juan Doe, Paradice, 2005 enamel on canvas, 36x48in (90x120cm)Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Ward Yoshimoto, Go For Broke (detail), 1999, Mixed Media Assemblage, 41x8x2in (105x20x5cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Jon Allen, Henry Dicknose & Friends, 2004, pen,ink, guache on paper, 11x14in. Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Jon Allen, Journal (June) 2002, moleskin journals works on paper with pen and ink, approx 60 pages, 3.3x5.5.
Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Jon Allen, Journal (Feburary) 2001, moleskin journals works on paper with pen and ink, approx 60 pages, 3.3x5.5.
Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Gae Savannah, Patisseries, 2002, floral, wedding, & hair accessories, beads, ornaments, garlands, each approx. 13x12in (diameter)
Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

Guerra de la Paz, The Four Seasons, 2005, portfolio of 4 digital pigment prints, available in two sizes 24x30in (61x76cm) and 30x40in (76x102cm) each edition of 5. Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York