Jon Pylypchuk, “Waiting for the Next Nirvana” at Petzel Gallery, Chelsea
Until Feb 29 2020
Petzel Gallery is pleased to present Waiting for the Next Nirvana, an exhibition of new paintings by Canada-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jon Pylypchuk. The show will be on view from January 9 to February 29, 2020 and marks Pylypchuk’s first solo exhibition at the gallery’s Chelsea location in nine years.
An expression and result of Pylypchuk’s past and current years as a rock musician (he is a founder of KISK, the KISS cover band) and as an artist, the paintings featured in Waiting for the Next Nirvana are imbued with nostalgia, anticipation, energy, confidence, and, foremost, seductive and rebellious emotion. The works, with titles such as I don’t need flowers, I just need you, Basketball season is over cupcake!, and Your goodness keeps this badass begging are made of fabric, wood, glue, watercolor, glitter, black cue balls, and polyurethane, among other materials, and evoke feelings of existential angst.
“Guns n Roses took a swing at the establishment in 1987 with Appetite for Destruction, and garbage cans across the Southland were loaded with hairspray canisters that would never be used again,” says Pylypchuk. But “by 1991, in four short years Guns n Roses had become the establishment. Lush orchestration, epic songs, backup singers, extra musicians to fill out the sound, Axl Rose seated behind a piano…Long gone were the days he would dive off stage to punch someone in the face who’d pissed him off. Now he wouldn’t even go on stage until he ‘felt right’ and everything was perfect.”
So much for Grunge; much less teen spirit.
“I don’t think mainstream rock music has been shook up, re-envisioned, made exciting again,” says Pylypchuk, who is also known by his alter ego Rudy Bust. “By 1994 Kurt Cobain blew his brains out. Maybe it was heroin, maybe it was stomach pain, maybe it was fear about where music was going. In any case, that ended it and we were left with Creed and Nickelback and a host of others who profited on sounding like safe substitutes.”
Event website: http://www.petzel.com
Venue name: Petzel Gallery Address: 456 W 18th St
New York 10011
Cross street: Between Ninth Ave and Tenth Ave
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St