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spend the rest of your life mining this death and it will only bring you despair

Jon Pylypchuk2012

Biennale of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney

In spend your life mining this death and it will only bring you despair (2012), Pylypchuk draws inspiration from everyday materials, such as ubiquitous Igloo or esky coolers, and imbues his miners with funereal emotion. The anthropomorphic quality that is so evident in his work carries us to different levels of thought. Pylypchuk’s miners all carry black hearts, evoking his own long-term struggle with the inevitability of losing his elderly parents. Now that the loss has occurred, however, he has become more spiritual about it. The dreariness and monotony of working in a mineshaft, it seems, is like a Sisyphean challenge: seeking not only a heart of gold, but respite from a mournful condition. The loss of Pylypchuk’s father is the burden, for it was he who instilled in Pylypchuk the creative sensibility to put things together in unusual combinations.

'In spend your life mining this death and it will only bring you despair' was installed in the Dog-Leg Tunnel on Cockatoo Island for the 18th Biennale of Sydney

Artist Statement
We are all going down a very steep hill on pretty shitty bicycles. It is a matter of how long you can stay on your bike, and whether you hold up the person next to you so you both don’t fall off or you push the person next to you so you can stay on your bike. I like to document both.

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  • Title: spend the rest of your life mining this death and it will only bring you despair
  • Creator: Jon Pylypchuk
  • Date: 2012
  • Location Created: Sydney, Australia
  • Provenance: Courtesy the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. This project was made possible with assistance from the Canadian Friends of the 18th Biennale of Sydney
  • Type: Site Specific/Installation
  • Rights: http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/legal-privacy/
  • External Link: Biennale of Sydney
  • Medium: coolers, lights, metal and wood
  • Edition: 2012: 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations

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