Jon Pylypchuk

The Crying, No Arms, Mournful Thoughts Society

537 W 22nd Street

January 13 – February 17, 2001

mad heart plant
2000
Mixed media on panel
22.5 x 16.25 inches

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 babies
2000
Mixed media on panel
96 x 96 inches

these are all forgetful moments/you are fighting left and right
2000
Mixed media on panel
48 x 96 inches

red tree crying in mouth
2000
Mixed media on panel
34.25 x 29.75 inches

I am walking sincerely away from all your crimes/thank you friend
2000
Mixed media on panel
30 x 48 inches

I will have more time than you will
2000
Mixed media on panel
72 x 55.5 inches

I used to hate each day
2000
Mixed media on panel
48 x 32 inches

I forgot about every day you gave me
2000
Mixed media on panel
96 x 48 inches

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

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

oh I am a sicky
2000
Mixed media on panel
72 x 48 inches

I will keep the things you forgot
2000
Mixed media on panel
96 x 48 inches

now it's just distances
2000
Mixed media on panel
72 x 48 inches

press your face in
2000
Mixed media on panel
30 x 13.75 inches

mad heart plant
2000
Mixed media on panel
22.5 x 16.25 inches

gold tree
2000
Mixed media on panel
20 x 20.5 inches

mostly you are hurtful/my eyes well up in tears from this
2000
Mixed media on panel
96 x 96 inches

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

sand beach
2000
Mixed media on panel
48 x 96 inches

these days are curses and your thoughts are like angels
2000
Mixed media on panel
36 x 24 inches

all five oceans forgot you
2000
Mixed media on panel
36 x 24.25 inches

it is as simple as this/one moment I will return
2000
Mixed media on panel
24 x 36 inches

don't let my love for you get you down/forget it fuckface
2000
Mixed media on panel
29.75 x 24.25 inches

my interest in your despair was only nominal
2000
Mixed media on panel
34.25 x 24 inches

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

red tree
2000
Mixed media on panel
96 x 48 inches

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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