Curated by Chuck Thurow and Pat Swanson, Abandoned Demolition is a solo exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by Andy Paczos. 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. p(callout). Paczos’ urban landscapes break from the popular depictions of civic landmarks, and document Chicago’s marginalized industrial wastelands. 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.
About Andy Paczos
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.
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In addition, a color catalogue featuring images of the paintings and essays by the curators is now available. The catalogue has been made possible through the support of: Rodrigo Avila and Julie Smith, John and Sandy David, Peter and Megene Forker, Carlo and Isabel Georg, Lance Know and Mary Lambert, Elizabeth and Jeff Louis, Janet L. Melk, Tom Melk and Sarah Potter, Dr. Robert Mruphy, Gretchen Pfeutze, Lorenzo Rodriquez and Cristina Revert, the Stefan and Clair Sarles family, John and Marianne Strokirk, Patricia Swanson, and Chuck Thurow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.