April 26, 2023

Jon Pylypchuk: I've Got Love for You

A site-specific installation by one of Los Angeles’s most iconic artists

May 20, 2023 through August 19, 2023
On view at the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery
at ArtCenter College of Design

Opening Reception: May 20, 2023 5 until 7 p.m.

ArtCenter Exhibitions is pleased to announce Jon Pylypchuk: I’ve Got Love for You, a site-specific installation and exhibition of new bronzes and paintings by Los Angeles-based sculptor, painter, musician and multimedia artist Jon Pylypchuk. The exhibition is the first to feature the artist’s songwriting, and is envisioned as a tribute to important people in his life, including his wife and his late best friend Tony Fernandez. Jon Pylypchuk: I’ve Got Love for You presents talking ghosts and other friendly, surreal creatures who guide gallery visitors through an otherworldly landscape. Pylypchuk’s original songs will be featured throughout the exhibition, which stand as testaments to the emotional complexity of his career-long exploration of selfhood, community and estrangement.

Pylypchuk was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1972, and became a founding member of the Royal Art Lodge, a group of Winnipeg-based artists who used humor, text and a DIY sensibility to question the tenets of modern and contemporary art. After studying at Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, he earned his BFA with honors at the University of Manitoba, and went on to complete his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Pylypchuk became a key figure in the burgeoning Chinatown art scene. Alongside artists and writers like ArtCenter alumni Amy Yao and Giovanni Intra, Pylypchuk was a founder of the legendary China Art Objects Gallery on Chung King Road in 1999. The gallery became essential to a new generation of Los Angeles artists.

Pylypchuk has exhibited internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public collections around the world. He mounted critically lauded survey shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2006), the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston (2009) and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2010). In 2015, Pylypchuk’s KIϟϟ cover band KIϟK performed at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Jon Pylypchuk: I’ve Got Love for You is accompanied by a publication with a new essay by Chris Kraus, ArtCenter’s writer-in-residence. The exhibition is made possible in part through support from Petzel Gallery and Nino Mier Gallery.

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Public Programs*
Opening reception of Jon Pylypchuk: I’ve Got Love for You
Saturday, May 20, 5 until 7 p.m.
Featuring a performance with Gabi Ferrer, Paul Cherwick and David Rager at 6 p.m.

Artist Talk with Jon Pylypchuk
Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m.
More info coming soon.

Closing performance with Paul Cherwick and David Rager
Saturday, August 19, 4 p.m.
*All programs will take place at Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery.

This exhibition is co-sponsored with the Fine Art program at ArtCenter College of Design.

Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery
ArtCenter College of Design South Campus
1111 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105

Exhibition Hours
Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. through 5 p.m.

About the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery: Located in the South Campus lobby of ArtCenter’s 1111 building, the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery serves as a welcoming point for students, faculty, staff and the public. Extending the reach of the College's multifaceted Exhibitions department, this space is optimum for high impact presentations of solo exhibitions and small group projects. Situated at a major gateway between Pasadena and North East Los Angeles, the space was designed to accommodate media in a wide variety, from intimately scaled works of art to automobiles, reflecting and intersecting with the multiple disciplines of ArtCenter’s curricula. The adjacent exterior courtyard provides opportunities for social and educational programs.

Designed by Darin Johnstone Architects, the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery was inaugurated in 2018 with the exhibition, Details of Design: Beauty, Aerodynamics and Functionalism. This exhibition celebrated the long-lasting impact of the Mullins–Southern California philanthropists and classic car enthusiasts who donated $15 million to ArtCenter in 2013–the largest single gift in the College’s history.

About ArtCenter Exhibitions: ArtCenter Exhibitions is a program of public-facing curated spaces. Our programs seek to ignite emotional resonance, provoke intellectual dissonance and conjure unexpected pathways of thinking by connecting art and design with the social, scientific, humanitarian and poetic dimensions of our time. Galleries include the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at the College’s Hillside Campus, Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery at its South Campus and ArtCenter DTLA in downtown Los Angeles. Additional curated spaces include the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography Gallery (HMCT) and Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall located at ArtCenter's South Campus, as well as the Hillside Campus Student Gallery.

About ArtCenter: Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves the general public through a highly regarded series of year-round online and on campus extension programs for all levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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ArtCenter College of Design
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ArtCenter College of Design
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Photograph of Jon Pylypchuk courtesy of Joshua White / JWPictures.com