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Inside and Outside Dance / Peter Hurley / paintings

Aron Packer Projects at Concord 55
1355 W Concord Place (at Elston) Chicago, IL 60642

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 14, from 6 - 9 PM.
Show Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 12- 5 PM
Closing Event: Sunday, October 16, 3 - 5 PM.

Inside and Outside Dance
As a young painter Peter Hurley was enamored by the compositional wonders of the work of Edgar Degas. Degas' subjects were varied, but he was most well known for his ballet dancers. Hurley became interested in his heightened awareness of pictorial foundation, composition, and arrangement, from classical construction to his eclectic penchant for unusual cropping.

Just as Degas had done, armed with camera and canvas, Hurley ensconced himself in the middle of the Chicago ballet world, in classrooms and backstages, providing glimpses of dancers behind-the-scenes in movement and at rest. He began his visual storytelling, concocting a narrative of personal drama with dancers as the main characters, in relationships of figures to space and light, of organic human forms against the architectural backdrop of stage props and giant vertical curtains, and of the repetitious chorus lines of dancers at their barre. The Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Chicago have been his most frequent collaborators. Some 40 years later Hurley continues to live artistically in the world of ballet in Chicago, Inside and Outside Dance.

BIO Peter Hurley's paintings and murals hang across the country and Chicago in varied public locations such as the East Bank Club, Roger's Park Mile Of Murals, the Columbus Plaza Building, Lurie's Children's Hospital, and Chicago Public Schools' Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. In the past, Peter has executed large-scale mural commissions for Chicago's Limelight Club and the Remains Theatre. His paintings also have appeared in Robert Altman's film featuring the Joffrey, THE COMPANY. Private collections include many esteemed creatives: director Joel Schumacher, actor William Petersen, musician Vernon Reid, and broadcasters Rick Kogan, Phil Ponce, and political consultant David Axelrod. On top of his current prolific output, this multifaceted artist is currently writing a novel and a song cycle set in pre-Civil War Kentucky that includes a journey West during California Gold Rush.

Peter Hurley traces his love for drawing as a child to newspaper comic strip art of the 1950s. His love for painting revealed itself when first exposed to the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. This combination of influences continued to inform his work as he studied figure drawing and painting at Denver's Rocky Mountain School of Art in the 70's, drawing on the strengths of teachers who had studied under noted figure expert George Bridgman, and the illustrious Hans Hoffmann of the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York. In the 1980's Peter became a founding member of the Coldhouse Group, a Chicago based arts organization whose credits include successful independent art exhibits conducted in raw urban settings, setting a standard model for exhibiting in transformed urban spaces for future renegade artists.

Concord Fifty Five offers a stunning raw space that provides the pliancy and flexibility to facilitate a variety of events. Enter the venue through a dazzling landscaped courtyard featuring seasonal foliage, Fuego 6 burner grille and patio. The main room features original brick, exposed beams and floor to ceiling windows. We can suit your needs to accommodate weddings, receptions, showers, birthday parties, special occasion dinner parties or business meetings — anything you can imagine. Concord Fifty + Five's talented and experienced team will work closely with you throughout to ensure that your event is seamless and outstanding. Conveniently located between Lincoln Park and Wicker Park, Concord Fifty + Five is just off of the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) at the North Avenue exit. Generous free street parking available in the early evenings and all day on the weekends.

Aron Packer Projects    7445 N. Campbell Chicago, IL 60645

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