Daft Punk, Jeff Koons, and Ed Paschke

Ed Paschke’s getting major props from Daft Punk and Jeff Koons. This Paper Magazine interview of Daft Punk features the human/robotic duo lounging in some office with an array of brilliant Ed Paschke paintings on the wall. Makes sense–Ed Paschke was way ahead of his time, making flourescent and neon art that looks like it was made by a computer–a sort of manually created digital-like image manipulation that predated Photoshop and other common digital image manipulation software. At a retrospective show at the Chicago History Museum, I gathered from a video and a recreation of his studio that perhaps Paschke had developed a technique using sponges to apply paint to looks like it was airbrushed, but I’m not sure, and his unusual technique wasn’t explicitly addressed (look up close at his work, and it looks computer generated or airbrushed, quite unique and mysterious–no globs of paint, no brush lines, etc, very smooth and seamless ).

Jeff Koons has an exhibit, “Everything’s Here: Jeff Koons and his experience of Chicago,June 14 – October 26, 2008, the for which the main image pictured is an Ed Paschke painting. According to the description:

Everything’s Here is an exhibition drawn largely from the MCA’s Collection that focuses on the art and artists Jeff Koons was interested in and influenced by during his formative years as a young artist in Chicago.

Koons attended the School of the Art Institute in 1975-76 on a student mobility program at the Maryland Institute, where he received his BFA. His interest in the artists and art of Chicago predated his residence here, as he first encountered the work of Jim Nutt in his MCA-organized 1974 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Especially important to Koons was the work of and his personal relationship with Ed Paschke, often considered the most prominent of the generation of Chicago-based artists who are collectively known as the Imagists. H.C. Westermann was also an inspirational figure to Koons, and his woodblock print The Dance of Death is featured in Koons’s Elvis, 2003.

One of my favorite Ed Paschke paintings is held by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, but I can’t find an image of it online…

I hope that the Chicago History Museum makes a catalog for the Ed Paschke show and at puts up a website describing the show, I can’t hardly find any details of it on their website! The man surely deserves better remembrance than that and it was a great show–but where’s the catalog?

Here’s an interview with Ed Paschke on YouTube:

Here’s a great comment on the YouTube video:

7blackhole9 (7 months ago)

My fucking hero, former next door neighbor, and inspiration(Mr.Paschke)). Next century he will be infamous. Every artist should understand the power of origin, a definition of culture, and resource the void to create from within. Ed Paschke is a genius.


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