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Jon Pylypchuk
I miss you, danger, and all its elements

2006

Wood, wood glue, fake fur, hot glue, watercolor, polyurethane, cotton

84 x 94 x 122 cm
Jon Pylypchuk’s work evolves from the realm of the pathetic. His drawings and sculptures bring to life a make-believe world populated by abused cuddly creatures, where emotional frailty and menace are worn on every shirt sleeve and pet tag. Mirroring the naked state of the human condition, Pylpchuk’s tragic-comic figures are both loveable and loathsome, recreating instances of pitiful irony that ring all too true. In I Miss You, Danger… Pylypchuk’s raggedy poodle sulks in the discontents of retirement, the kicked dog epitome of loneliness and obsolescence.
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Jon Pylypchuk
So then we will burn you when you are dead

2006

Wood, wood glue, fake fur, hot glue, watercolor, polyurethane, cotton

244 x 203 x 203 cm
Jon Pylypchuk makes his sculptures from the most impoverished materials: scraps of wood, remnant fabric, felt, glitter, and glue. Rendered with wonky ‘best attempt’ aesthetics, Pylypchuk mines all the sentimental authenticity of the unloved yet hopeful media of craft camps and community workshops. So Then We Will Burn You… pictures wee critters gathering around their stricken colleague. Reducing the moral sophistication of the adult world to artless simplicity, Pylypchuk plays out horror and grief with child-like naiveté and chilling matter-of-fact-ness, authoring a folktale of tactlessness, discomfort, and inadequacy.
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Jon Pylypchuk
Don't press too much luck

2006

Wood, wood glue, fake fur, hot glue, watercolor, polyurethane, cotton

Large cat: 109 x 31.8 x 28 cm , small cat 63.50x 185.5 x 20.5 cm
Jon Pylypchuk’s menagerie of cartoon animals evokes unconditional empathy. Attributed with all the unsavoury traits of human character, his varmint cohort of furry victims and bastards become endearing effigies of the dark side of social psychology. Transposing the unthinkable (or unadmitable) into sub-human form, Pylypchuk’s characters become neutral targets for emotional displacement; in his gawpy animal kingdom there is no right or wrong, only a Darwinian hierarchy and Peter Principle law of nature. In Don’t Press Too Much Luck, Pylypchuk’s black cats’ sexual behaviour is cringe-worthy in its aura of patchwork innocence. Velvety plush with slitty vamp eyes, Pylypchuk’s characters are irresistibly charming in their obscenity.
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Jon Pylypchuk
Hopefully, I will live through this with a little bit of dignity

2005

Mixed Media

203 x 800 x 800 cm
Throughout Jon Pylypchuk’s work is an irrepressible optimism, an underdog’s against-all-odds drive for meaningful existence in a barbaric world. Hopefully I Will Live Through This… sprawls across the gallery floor in a chaotic rodent war of puke and death, as tiny rat-soldiers meet their demise not in a moment of battle glory, but an outbreak of poisoning. Crafted with farcical malevolence, Pylypchuk implies an ‘us vs. them’ narrative featuring viewer as villain: his microcosm spoilt by a towering on-looking exterminator. There’s a pang of sympathy as the cute little nasties limp on gun-crutches and writhe in agony, but it’s only momentary in the over all satisfaction of poetic justice well served.

ARTICLES

Jon Pylypchuk: You are all too close to dropping off now

“Abandoned in acute emotional states - overindulgence, bodily purging, and elation - Pylypchuk’s cast of characters probe misfortune in search of a cathartic resolution… Pylypchuk’s performers transcend the personal to embody universal feelings of anxiety, doubt, pain, love and desire, all the while trumping sarcasm. When contrasted with touching themes of endearment, shame and joy, his crude material sensibility eludes an ironic or hokey reading. Akin to composing a heartfelt song, Pylypchuk has the unique ability to visually, and with few words, convey that which seems too difficult or awkward for articulation.” Ana Vejzovic Sharp, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, USA, 2006.

For his second solo show at Alison Jacques Gallery, Los Angeles based artist Jon Pylypchuk will present a series of new large-scale sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Using his signature crude materials (glue, fabric fragments and wood scraps), Pylypchuk populates the gallery with a menagerie of dysfunctional furry creatures composed in various tableaux. Although often engaged in scenes of despair these anthropomorphized animals never descend into melancholia, but retain a wry humour that affirms life.

In a new sculpture, a human-sized elephant sits slumped in a chair in a pose that can only be described as comically mundane. A further sculpture titled If you get this I’ll suck your dick for an hour consists of a duo of golfing cats, complete with miniature golf bag and clubs, and expresses the sarcastic sentiments of one feline to another. Pylypchuk’s seemingly makeshift beasts, fashioned out of scruffy tufts of fur, are actually affectionately constructed. Lovingly adorned with textual accoutrements such as ties, shirt cuffs and socks, they seem to display human-like characteristics and personas.

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Source: alisonjacquesgallery.com