Abandoned Demolition: New En Plein Air Paintings by Andy Paczos

Painter Andy Paczos exhibits 14 works of en plein air paintings chronicling three years of growth, destruction and resurrection at local demolition site.

Chicago, IL, January 18, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Abandoned Demolition curated by Chuck Thurow and Pat Swanson is a solo exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by Andy Paczos on view at the Hyde Park Art Center in Gallery 4 from January 18 to April 5, 2009. The paintings in this exhibition are the product of three years of the artist’s continued focus on one particular neglected industrial site in Chicago culminating in an exhibition both contemplative and powerful. In this series of fourteen works, Paczos examines the relationship between human productivity and natural growth through exploring how sites of abandonment are being re-inhabited in unexpected ways.

Paczos’ urban landscapes break from the popular depictions of civic landmarks, and document Chicago’s marginalized industrial wastelands. Working directly on-site, Paczos negotiates conventional boundaries in order to intimately contemplate his subject. In Abandoned Demolition, Paczo’s paintings consider a single location–the deserted 15 acre plot previously home to the Chicago Paperboard Company–and capture a range of temporal and climactic conditions. As nature slowly reclaims previous places of human production, the notion of atrophy is called into question. Often criticized as industrial decay, these neglected sites experience a new kind of growth as they transform into organic environments.

Andy Paczos has lived in Chicago since 1983. He received a BFA from the University of Montana and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past eight years his work has concentrated on deserted industrial grounds.

Abandoned Demolition will be on view from January 18, 2009 to April 5, 2009, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and www.hydeparkart.org. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

The Hyde Park Art Center is a not-for-profit organization that presents innovative exhibitions; primarily work by Chicago-area artists, and educational programs in the visual arts for children and adults of diverse backgrounds. The Center is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council; The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Leo S. Guthman Fund; The Irving Harris Foundation; The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Joyce Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; The MacArthur Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The Orbit Fund; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Clinton Family Fund; The Sara Lee Foundation; South East Chicago Commission; The Wallace Foundation; and the generosity of its members and friends.

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