LOCUST PROJECTS is please to present new work by L.A.-based artist Jonathan Pylypchuk. Pylypchuk knows something of the curse of perspicacity that has befallen us. He knows how sad it is to try to fall in love in a world where you see through everything, all the time. This is the sort of sadness that tempers his otherwise joyfully scrappy cut-and-paste paintings and objects. Made with fabrics, glitter, plywood, glue-on doll’s eyes, and all sorts of low-end stuff, his work is always ornamented with quick snippets in a language that rolls out like an endless song for the forsaken. Pylypchuk negotiates a strange dialectic between knowing way too much and the unflagging need to continue to believe. Populated by heart-shaped flowers that speak to their beloved and emanating a quiet sense of forlornness and loss, Pylypchuk’s work chronicles the messy story of our broken hearts.
Working on site for a week, Pylypchuk will produce a large sculpture for LOCUST PROJECTS. There has been talk of a gigantic plane, fallen and limp, sitting in the center of our barren space. Jon Pylypchuk, born and raised in Winnepeg, Canada, was part of the Royal Art Lodge, which includes other now-well known artists like Marcel Dzama. He moved to L.A. to attend graduate school at UCLA and has since them lived in that city. He has been exhibiting internationally for a few years. He has had exhibitions at asprey jaques in London, Fredrich Petzel in NewYork, and China Art Objects in Los Angeles.
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