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Jon Pylypchuk, “Waiting for the Next Nirvana”

  • Art, Contemporary art
Jon Pylypchuk, You are covered sweetness, we outlast this worn out time, 2019
Photograph: Courtesy Petzel Gallery

Time Out says

By his own admission, this Canadian-born, L.A. artist is a failed rock star, which is just as well, since his collaged send-ups of existential angst always make inventive use of trash and trash-cultural references. Here, he populates paint-splattered, glitter-bombed canvases with refuse, including upside track paints brought to life with the help of cue-balls shoved into their pockets to create glowering “eyes.” The show’s title “Waiting for the Next Nirvana,” conveys a plaintive middle-age complaint: “Why hasn’t there been any decent music since Kurt Cobain died?” The pants certainly seem pissed about it.


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