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Ed Paschke

  • Mary Boone Gallery
June 15, 2014
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A special delicacy for all art lovers is still on view at the Chelsea location of Mary Boone Gallery – the Ed Paschke retrospective. Ed Paschke show features a series of his paintings spanning over the period between 1969 and 2004, when the artist passed away at the age of 65 in his hometown of Chicago. Opened on May 3, the retrospective exhibition will remain displayed through the end of this month, June 28, 2014 to be exact, so there is still time to enjoy Paschke’s singular oeuvre.

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Ed Paschke – Red Boxer, 2004

Images of Paschke

Ed Paschke was one of the most prominent members of the informal Chicago artistic group known as Imagists. His early creative path commenced with the evolution of his recognizable style, where the amazement with popular culture stood parallely with the artist’s peculiar original vision. Visual media were the prime inspiration source for Paschke, similarly to the Pop Artists concentrated in New York City. Cinema posters, popular magazines, films, television, all of these represented an infinite source of visuals on which Paschke built his artwork with strong and super-bright palette and advertising-like graphic elements. However, the artificially maintained optimism of pop art is missing from his work. He addressed the popular from another angle, rendering more marginal, illegal, fetishistic and a little dangerous topics, unveiling the general dissatisfaction of the society with the ongoing transition.

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Ed Paschke – White Heat, 1996

Fluo Faces

One of the interesting effects featured throughout the oeuvre of Ed Paschke are pixelated images, resemblant of low quality videos or deliberate distortions in today’s digital image design. His subjects are immersed into the fluorescent, bright light, as the defining lines of their forms often fuse with the surroundings, filled with pulsating accents, electromagnetic waves and rays. Cropped close-ups of many faces dominate the body of work, exuding an impression of ever-changing new hyped images that keep appearing on the screen. The powerful palette is perhaps the most important part of Ed Paschke’s painting. His yellows are scorching, acidic, pinks are hot, oranges neon blue and green, the mix of fluorescent nuances dresses the silhouettes as the backdrop is flooded with movement and slightly illusionistic, subtle patterns.

Mary Boone Gallery exhibition of Ed Paschke released a full illustrated catalogue available at the space.

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Ed Paschke – Night Sweat, 2003

Ed Paschke

Edward Francis Paschke was an American-Polish artist. He was born in 1939 in Chicago and from the early years he was fascinated by animation, cartoons, his father’s wood carving work and construction. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961 and got his MFA at the same university in 1970. He studied while the Imagist movement was at its peak. Even though his painting oeuvre was largely figurative, Ed Paschke learned how to paint based on the experiences of abstract expressionism. He spent his life in Chicago, where he worked. He died in 2004 at home, from heart failure. His works make part of many famous collections including  the Art Institute of Chicago, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.,Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.