Snow Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo show with the multimedia artist Kyp Malone. The show is titled Dream Articulations and will present around 15 framed works on paper. This is Kyp’s first solo exhibition at an art gallery.

Kyp is largely known for his musical contributions which include scoring, production and bands like TV on the Radio, Rain Machine and Ice Balloons. In addition to this, Kyp has maintained a painting practice since childhood.

A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world thought generally to originate in childhood. Kyp’s paintings reveal a deeply personal cosmology depicting our existence in a populated universe. Much of this world lies beyond our common senses yet it can be argued that soul has a deep memory.

Kyp has described these paintings as “redecorating the architecture from cult indoctrinations”. Having been brought up with the Jehovah Witness (for which he sometimes delivered public sermons) Kyp’s early life and cosmology was informed by the teachings of the church. As he grew into adulthood, Kyp’s path led him away from the church and its teachings. New guides appeared in his life which broadened his view.

Kyp’s relationship with the gallery began with our inaugural group exhibition, Homo Angelicus, which explored the idea of human/angelic relations. Our friendship with Kyp was strengthened as a result of this show and we are happy to have him as a good friend and peer.

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Kyp Malone

An Appreciation By Nicholas Gazin (b. 1983)

Please read this to the tune of Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee.

Let’s delve deeply into Kyp Malone. He paddles his way through the cosmos with angels guiding him to the next stage of existence. His erect dick, a symbol of his life essence, points forward towards the future.

Kyp is a beautiful, soft-spoken man with a gentle mumble that is like if moss could talk. Upon his face he wears a long beard, which he has lengthened in his paintings. Some of the paintings that Kyp has created for this, his first solo show, are visual manifestations of his wishes.

See “Company,” the self portrait of Kyp with body lean, beard long. He is sitting enthroned and triumphant, rainbow haloed inside of a Polly Pocket palace. He is in the heart of a multi-chambered dream house filled with his favorite things. The realness of the wish is illustrated by the intricate detail. The desire to see the fantasy realized was so great that this painting consumed much more of Kyp’s time than anticipated.

The big red bird visits Kyp when he trips.

The eight-pointed Star Inanna is a symbol of Ishtar and according to Wikipedia, so are owls! Repeated symbols! Very cool. Note his erection in the painting where he’s traveling the spaceways and the rooster in the crest of his dreamhouse roof. More repeated symbolism. Note also the rainbows and that his penis arcs like a rainbow. This may or not be symbolism or just an accurate self-portrait.

Wikipedia says Kyp was born in 1973 in Pennsylvania. This makes sense and is probably true. He was also raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.  I learned organically. We can guess that Kyp’s heavy use of religious images is at least partially a response to his religious upbringing   in which anything that could be construed as idol worship was anathema.Maybe drawing pictures of the invisible forces that guide our existence is the sweetest taboo and maybe Kyp is trying to work something out with the common themes of all religions as a way to understand why humans independently come up with similar myths and stories over and over.

In response to being asked “Do you think we’re in the Kali Yuga? Kyp says “I don’t think that we’re not.”

He adds “It’s our responsibility as artists to keep a light on. I want to push for possibility and the continuation of our species, because human beings are my favorite animal.”

Company

2023

Watercolor on paper

16 x 12 inches

Self Portrait

2023

Watercolor on paper

16 x 12 inches

Nova

2022

Watercolor on paper

18 x 12 inches

Avon

2022

Watercolor on paper

18 x 12 inches

Red Bird

2021

Watercolor on paper

9 x 5 inches

Garden Party

2018-2023

Watercolor on paper

30 x 22 inches

Bummer Vibes

2022

Watercolor on paper

4 x 10 inches

Abatoor in Contemplation

2022

Watercolor on paper

14 x 10 inches

Gardener Put to Rest

2022

Watercolor on paper

14 x 10 inches

Positive Gossip

2021

Watercolor on paper

30 x 22 inches

Mother and Consort in Dialogue

2023

Watercolor on paper

15 x 11 inches

Communion

2022

Watercolor on paper

15 x 11 inches

Sacrifice

2022

Watercolor on paper

15 x 11 inches