Jon Pylypchuk

The Crying, No Arms, Mournful Thoughts Society

January 13 - February 17, 2001

537 W 22nd Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Opening reception: Saturday, January 13, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition of work by Jon Pylypchuk aka Rudy Bust. The Crying, No Arms, Mournful Thoughts Society will be comprised of 38 collage paintings and a group of wire sculptures.

Jon Pylypchuk was raised in Winnipeg, Canada but now lives and works in Los Angeles, where he adopted the pseudonym "Rudy Bust". The work has a raw look suggestive of early Jean Dubuffet and Enrico Baj but also embodies an undeniable Southern California sensibility. His materials consist primarily of scrap plywood, wallpaper remnants and various fabrics to which he glues sand, glitter and matchsticks. Instead of a paintbrush, Pylypchuk uses a screw-gun to fabricate his paintings and a pencil to inscribe dialogue onto them. This crude look is balanced by the fragility of characters that make appearances in different settings such as seascapes and interiors. Floating hearts debate the tragedies of love's labor lost with elongated torsos that respond with obscenities and self-pitying remarks.

Like any great pop song, the beauty of Pylypchuk's work is in his fearless use of themes and materials—nothing is considered too trivial or pathetic. Similar to Sigmar Polke's early work from the 1960s, Pylypchuk's images paraphrase all kinds of mediated clichés, mapping out a comedy of errors with an oddly sincere voice.

The Crying, No Arms, Mournful Thoughts Society will be on view from January 13 through February 17, 2001. A catalogue will be available in conjunction with the exhibition. For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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  • 1 / 27
    mad heart plant
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    22.5 x 16.25 inches
  • 2 / 27
    I will remember you with these oceans/don't let your face show
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    23.75 x 21.25 inches
  • 3 / 27
    3 babies
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    96 x 96 inches
  • 4 / 27
    these are all forgetful moments/you are fighting left and right
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    48 x 96 inches
  • 5 / 27
    red tree crying in mouth
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    34.25 x 29.75 inches
  • 6 / 27
    I am walking sincerely away from all your crimes/thank you friend
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    30 x 48 inches
  • 7 / 27
    I will have more time than you will
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    72 x 55.5 inches
  • 8 / 27
    I used to hate each day
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    48 x 32 inches
  • 9 / 27
    I forgot about every day you gave me
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    96 x 48 inches
  • 10 / 27
    it could be the last time you forgive me now/this waiting is all I've seen
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    32 x 48 inches
  • 11 / 27
    you want to see me destroy myself with this/there is nothing left to do
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    31 x 28.25 inches
  • 12 / 27
    oh I am a sicky
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    72 x 48 inches
  • 13 / 27
    I will keep the things you forgot
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    96 x 48 inches
  • 14 / 27
    now it's just distances
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    72 x 48 inches
  • 15 / 27
    press your face in
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    30 x 13.75 inches
  • 16 / 27
    mad heart plant
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    22.5 x 16.25 inches
  • 17 / 27
    gold tree
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    20 x 20.5 inches
  • 18 / 27
    mostly you are hurtful/my eyes well up in tears from this
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    96 x 96 inches
  • 19 / 27
    you are paraded through the absent moments of your life/I'm the lucky one
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    59.5 x 48.25 inches
  • 20 / 27
    sand beach
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    48 x 96 inches
  • 21 / 27
    these days are curses and your thoughts are like angels
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    36 x 24 inches
  • 22 / 27
    all five oceans forgot you
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    36 x 24.25 inches
  • 23 / 27
    it is as simple as this/one moment I will return
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    24 x 36 inches
  • 24 / 27
    don't let my love for you get you down/forget it fuckface
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    29.75 x 24.25 inches
  • 25 / 27
    my interest in your despair was only nominal
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    34.25 x 24 inches
  • 26 / 27
    nothing can be as lonely as you/I will lose two friends today then
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    22.75 x 27.75 inches
  • 27 / 27
    red tree
    2000
    Mixed media on panel
    96 x 48 inches
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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Jon Pylypchuk, at Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, October 1, 2010 - January 4, 2011 and at François LeTourneux, October 8, 2010 - January 2011

Foreword by Paulette Gagnon
Essay and notes on the work of Jon Pylypchuk by Francois Letourneux

Published by MAC Montreal

© 2010 MAC Montreal, Jon Pylypchuk and the authors

ISBN 978-2-551-23963-4