Jon Pylypchuk Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

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


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.

Jon Pylypchuk
So then we will burn you when you are dead


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.

Jon Pylypchuk
Don't press too much luck


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.

Jon Pylypchuk
Hopefully, I will live through this with a little bit of dignity


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.

Jon Pylypchuk's Biography

Jon Pylypchuk
Born in 1972, Winnipeg, Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Jon Pylypchuk, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal

Jon Pylypchuk, Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf
Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston
The War, Gallery, New York
Experimental Art and Culture: Jon Pylypchuk, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary
Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, Münster
Alison Jacques Gallery, London

China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
Sies + Höke Galerie, Dusseldorf

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Jon Pylypchuk, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles
You are all too close to dropping off now, Alison Jacques Gallery, London
You asked me to come and see your routine, you call this a fucking routine?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

I have thought deep into this trouble, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Jon Pylypchuk, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

I will live with my hands like this, Massimo de Carlo, Milan
you won’t live past 30 (with Adrian Williams), China Art Objects, Los Angeles
you are the only one left, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen
Jon Pylypchuk, Locust Projects, Miami
Erections Pointing at Stars and Angels, aspreyjacques, London

Jon Pylypchuk and Diena Georgetti, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Jon Pylypchuk, Tomio Koyama, Tokyo
I will plug your wound to protect everyone now / plug everyone now, Galerie Borgmann- Nathusius, Cologne
And now occasionally, and reluctantly i lift my head from where it hangs in shame, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

If wishes were horses, China Art Objects, Los Angeles

Don’t let me down / this is all you are allowed, Galerie Borgmann-Nathusius, Cologne
The crying, no arms, mournful thoughts society, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (cat.)

how to live to 100, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles

One day art sale, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles


Compass in Hand: The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection
Gift, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Wonderland – Through the Looking Glass, KadE Kunsthal, Amersfoort (cat.)

Emerson vs Nietzshce, China Art Objects Galleries at Cottage Home, Los Angeles
Lustwarande 08, Wanderland, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg
The Program, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Dallas

Ausstellungshalle zietgenössische, Kunst Münster, Münster
Cult Fiction, Tullie House, Carlisle
Aberystwyth Art Gallery, Aberystwyth

The Lath Picture Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Phantasmania, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City*
Cult Fiction, Hayward Gallery, London (traveling exhibition)

USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Meditations in an Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
Scarecrow, Evangelos Averoff Museum, Metsovo, Greece
Nightmares of Summer, Marvelli Gallery
Humor Me, Kansas City Art Institute

Looking at Words: The Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper,
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Gallery Exchange, Bowie Van Valen, Amsterdam
Desired Constellations, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York

The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
3 Rooms 3 Artists, Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Mossimo de Carlo, Milan
The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit
Dessins et Des Autres, Gallerie Anne De Villepoix, Paris

Project room, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Atto Primo, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan
Rendered: Works on paper from 46 artists, Sara Metlzer Gallery, New York
Some Things We Like…, aspreyjacques, London
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, The Drawing Center, New York
The Power Plant, Toronto
De Vleeshal, Middleburg, Netherlands
Works for Giovanni, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles
Smoking Pencils Rolling Papers, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles
De Vleeshahal, Middleburg

Stranger Than Fiction, Nylon, London
I’m from Orange County and I Drink Johnny Walker Red, Gallerie Julius Hummel, Vienna
Necessary Fictions, De Chiara, New York
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York
21 Paintings from L.A., Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, Cal State University, San
Bernadino. Curated by James Gobel.
Drive By, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond. Curated by Katie Brennan
Fantasyland, D’Amelio Terras, New York
Song Poems, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas

Kim Fisher, David Korty, JP Munro, Jon Pylypchuk, Eric Wesley, China Art Objects, Los Angeles
Dickson Art Centre, Los Angeles
Paper, Galerie Borgmann – Nathusius, Cologne
Song Poems, curated by Stephen Hull, Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York
Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Michael Dumontier, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Adrian Williams, The Living Room, Santa Monica
Cancelled Art Fair!, China Art Objects, Los Angeles
MFA Thesis Show #2, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles

Project # 0004, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
China Art Objects, Sadie Coles HQ, London
New School, works on paper, inc. Los Angeles
Circles, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe

Royal Art Lodge, Winnipeg
Drawings from the Royal Art Lodge, University of Houston
Fresh Popped, Plug in Gallery, Winnipeg