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Jon Pylypchuk

The Crying, No Arms, Mournful Thoughts Society

537 W 22nd Street

January 13 – February 17, 2001

mad heart plant
I will remember you with these oceans/don't let your face show
3 babies 2000
these are all forgetful moments/you are fighting left and right
red tree crying in mouth
I am walking sincerely away from all your crimes/thank you friend
I will have more time than you will
I used to hate each day
I forgot about every day you gave me
it could be the last time you forgive me now/this waiting is all I've seen
you want to see me destroy myself with this/there is nothing left to do
oh I am a sicky
I will keep the things you forgot
now it's just distances
press your face in
mad heart plant
gold tree 2000
mostly you are hurtful/my eyes well up in tears from this
you are paraded through the absent moments of your life/I'm the lucky one
sand beach 2000
these days are curses and your thoughts are like angels
all five oceans forgot you
it is as simple as this/one moment I will return
don't let my love for you get you down/forget it fuckface
my interest in your despair was only nominal
nothing can be as lonely as you/I will lose two friends today then
red tree 2000


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, or call (212) 680-9467.

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