New York

Ed Paschke

Phyllis Kind Gallery

The notion of distortion has been a key idea in nearly all of Ed Paschke’s work, although its ways and means have taken various twists and turns. The early paintings, while executed in a highly realistic manner, showed physically unconventional human beings—androgynous transvestites, deformed circus exhibitionists, outrageous pinups and porno stars. The second stage of Paschke’s development continued to feature such types as pimps, prostitutes, and show people, those who only come out at night; these grotesque beauties, however, were more stylistically caricatured, and the technique of distortion became one of stylistic interpretation rather than selection of subject.

By 1977, Paschke’s stylistic distortions had attained a new plateau with the introduction of what appeared to be electronically generated television images. It looked as if he were reproducing TV pictures with the color knob

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