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Alison Jacques Gallery: JON PYLYPCHUK - 9 Jan 2009 to 21 Feb 2009

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9 Jan 2009 to 21 Feb 2009
Hours : tuesday - saturday, 10 - 6
Opening Thursday 8 January, 6-8pm
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Artists in this exhibition: Jon Pylypchuk


JON PYLYPCHUK
JUST SIT BACK AND RECOUNT THE VIOLENCE OF ONE YEAR

9 JANUARY - 21 FEBRUARY 2009
OPENING THURSDAY 8 JANUARY, 6-8PM

“Evoking unconditional empathy, Pylypchuk’s mischievous cohort of furry victims and bastards become endearing effigies of the dark side of social psychology. Transforming the unthinkable into sub-human form, Pylypchuk’s characters are neutral targets for emotional displacement… Playing out horror and grief with child-like naivety and chilling detachment, he relates fairytales of tactlessness, discomfort and inadequacy. Yet throughout Pylypchuk’s work there is an irresistible optimism, an underdog’s against-all-odds drive for meaningful existence in a barbaric world.”
Patricia Ellis, USA Today: New American Art from The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Alison Jacques Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by the Canadian artist Jon Pylypchuk. The artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery will feature a large sculptural installation, a number of new paintings on panel, and a new series of collaged works on paper. This show coincides with Jon Pylypchuk’s first European solo survey show at the Städtische Ausstellungshalle, Münster (February 6 - May 3, 2009) ahead of his USA solo show at the Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston Art Museum (September 2009).

Working across a range of media, Pylypchuk populates his paintings, sculptures and films with a menagerie of dysfunctional furry creatures composed in various tableaux through which the artist examines the human condition. The mini dramas Pylypchuk stages always have wider philosophical implications for our ideas of love, rejection and pain. Typically humorous and cruel the titles of these works express the black ironic thoughts of Pylypchuk’s protagonists.

In the main gallery, the installation just sit back and recount the violence of one year (2008) is a beach scene featuring a gang of animal sculptures, including a number of mangy cats and an elephant, who snort cocaine from the belly of a large walrus. The work is constructed using the artist’s signature crude materials that include glue, fabric fragments, felt, and wood scraps.

In the painting don’t worry it won’t rain on you everyday (2008), the handwritten words of the title issue from the mouth of a hybrid figure as he lectures two smaller bedraggled minors. All three characters are collaged from fabric off-cuts who stand upon a terrain of rocky red cement mounds within an orange resin background. Another painting, you are a mess and will continue to be so (2008), is painted in a cooler palette, predominantly blues and greens, and features a family of similarly downtrodden creatures. Their felt bodies merge tonally in the alien landscape and it is only their speech bubbles and bulging white eyes that keep them from disappearing altogether into the pools of resinous colour behind them.

Jon Pylypchuk (Born 1972, Winnipeg, Canada) lives and works in Winnipeg and Los Angeles.
Pylypchuk received his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. Recent solo museum exhibitions include: Migros Museum Zurich, in collaboration with the Schauspielhaus theatre, (2008) and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland (2006). In the UK, Pylypchuk was previously included in USA Today, New American Art from The Saatchi Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts (2006) and Cult Fiction, Hayward Gallery, London (2007). Public collections include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA; MoCA, LA; MoMA, New York; Moorilla Museum, Tazmania; and The Whitney Museum, New York.

TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY, 6PM: GALLERY TALK BY JESSICA LACK
Jessica Lack is an arts writer for the Guardian. Her book Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms, written in collaboration with Simon Wilson was recently published by Tate Publishing.

Next Exhibition: Klara Kristalova: 27 February - 9 April 2009
For further info: email: press @ alisonjacquesgallery.com or tel: +44 20 7631 4720


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