Into Nothing: New Paintings in Ash and Oil by Tom Pazderka
February 15 to March 23, 2017
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, February 17, 5-7 pm
The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Into Nothing: New Paintings in Ash and Oil by Tom Pazderka. An opening reception with the artist and refreshments will be held on Friday, February 17th from 5 – 7pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through Thursday, March 23.
Into Nothing is a momentary foray into the darker side. The darker side is to be understood not as something necessarily evil for its own sake, but ‘the’ something as an obverse of light. In the truest sense of the nature of humans and nature itself, one cannot have light without the dark, positive without its negative aspects. The potential in fire as the ultimate destructive force hides within it its polar opposite – that of the regenerative potential of what is left behind. In creating a void, fire nonetheless immediately fills the space upon which it acted. As Gaston Bachelard observed, “It shines in Paradise. It burns in Hell.” Fire is therefore ‘the’ conflicting force about which, to this day, we know very little. It is both good and evil. Pazderka negotiates the subject of fire via depictions of local wildfire smoke, clouds and portraits of in/famous philosophers, artists and cabin dwellers, painted and drawn into burned wooden substrates treated with ashes and charcoal. Ghostly images emerge, subtle and soft, yet quietly disturbing at the same time.
Tom Pazderka is an interdisciplinary installation artist, painter, sculptor, teacher and writer. He holds an MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara where he was a Regents Fellow and is currently the Artist in Residence for the 2016/2017 academic year. He is a lecturer of art at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA. Half Czech and half American, the son of working class immigrants, he moved to the US at the age of 12 shortly after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. His works have been exhibited at UCSB’s AD&A Museum, Asheville Art Museum and Cameron Art Museum in NC, Parasol Projects, NYC, Trafo Gallery in Prague, and Pink Dog Creative and the Push Gallery in Asheville, NC. The recipient of numerous awards including the Howard Fenton Award for Painting, residencies, his works have been reviewed and profiled in many publications including New American Paintings and Daily Serving.
The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturday 1-4 pm and by appointment
For more information and appointments, contact Bay Hallowell
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March 1 to March 24, 2017
Red Barn Project Space Gallery at UC Santa Barbara
Opening Reception Wednesday, March 1, 5-7 pm
The Red Barn Project Space Gallery at UC Santa Barbara is pleased to announce an exhibition Somewhere or Nowhere At All curated by Tom Pazderka, Artist in Residence at Red Barn Project Space, that features artists from across the US and Europe. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Wednesday, March 1 from 5-7 pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will run through Friday, March 24.
Somewhere or Nowhere At All features Matt Allison, EcoArtTech (Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint), Christine Elfman, Vanesa Gingold, Ashley Hagen, Zac Hacmon, Micheal Meadors, David Prince, Osceola Refetoff, Trafacka (Michal Cimala, Jan Kalab) and Mark von Rosenstiel.
As impetus for Somewhere or Nowhere At All the artists in the exhibition were asked to respond to the notion of nostalgia and its many permutations in contemporary society. Simply put, nostalgia is a feeling of longing or loss, but the complexities of ways that nostalgia manifests itself seem endless. It is a word often used disparagingly or pejoratively, yet when it surfaces head on and out front in modern day politics and entertainment, from Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, to the endless reimaginings, remakes and references in film and television, where it is above all taken very seriously, we have to ask ourselves the obvious question, why? The answer is not as simple as one may believe and lies in the complexity of the ways in which humans deal and navigate through the emotion that is nostalgia. From souvenirs and vacation snapshots, to vast monuments and landscapes, childhood memories and imagined worlds, nostalgia is as firmly rooted in the modernist idea of progress as in the pastoral landscapes and countryside simplicity that supposedly preceded it. In all its incarnations, nostalgia has a distinctly human dimension, counting on experience as its basic coordinate, at once positive and negative. Far from critiquing nostalgia as only a symptom in the pejorative sense, the exhibition treats nostalgia with respect to its many forms and functions, in order to unearth its deeper meanings and symbolisms.
The Red Barn Project Space Gallery is located in building 479 at UC Santa Barbara on Ocean Road off of the bus loop and just across from Pollock Theater. Parking garage is located on Ocean Road. Entrance to the gallery is on the North side of building 479.
For more information and appointments contact Tom Pazderka at firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Santa Barbara’s Master of Fine Arts program is proud to present the First Year Review show for the class of 2018. These seven artists will share the work they’ve completed during their first year of study. The exhibition features a slew of painters embracing disparate traditions of the medium, ranging from Jennifer Lugris’ colorful children’s portraiture, to Jimmy Miracle’s plein air landscapes, to Toni Scott’s abstract and gestural mark-making. Daria Izad shares abstracted ceramic vessels alongside collected Persian objects, Lucy Holtsnider displays black and white drawings, and Robert Huerta straddles the threshold between traditional and contemporary media with his digital collages streaked with paint. Finally, Carlos Ochoa’s virtual reality work immerses the viewer into the depths of unfamiliar landscapes.
Join us May 5th at 5pm at the UCSB Project Space for an opening reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Gallery is also open by appointment from May 1st-19th.
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American Gothic: New Ash and Oil Paintings by Tom Pazderka
June 2 – June 23, 2017
Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara
Opening Reception Friday, June 2, 6-9 pm
Red Barn Project Space is pleased to announce the solo exhibition, American Gothic: New Ash and Oil Paintings by Tom Pazderka. An opening reception with the artist and refreshments will be held on Friday, June 2nd from 6 – 9pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through Friday, June 23.
American Gothic is the culmination of a year-long research and experimentation with process and image-making for Pazderka, the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Project Space. Always willing to go further and deeper, Pazderka’s approach to painting underwent a major shift in the early days of the residency. Shedding all but the most necessary elements of painting, Pazderka’s work dove head first into an area of seductive darkness and mystical romanticism influenced by the natural disasters that were the wildfires of summer 2016. Gone is all color, replaced by a sooty black, derived from the mixture of charcoal and ashes from the burning of previous paintings applied over burned panels, with a layered image in white oil paint mixed into the blackened surface. Influenced by the books, such as ‘Psychoanalysis of Fire’ by Gaston Bachelard and ‘The Taste of Ashes’ by Marci Shore, films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Adam Curtis, occult and conspiracy theory, American Gothic weaves together Pazderka’s European roots with his American experience, and his interest in cabins, self-exile, solitude and obscure aspects of culture and history.
Tom Pazderka is an interdisciplinary installation artist, painter, sculptor, teacher and writer. He holds an MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara where he was a Regents Fellow and is currently the Artist in Residence for the 2016/2017 academic year. He is a lecturer of art at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA. Half Czech and half American, the son of working class immigrants, he moved to the US at the age of 12 shortly after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. His works have been exhibited at Expo Contemporary in Los Angeles, UCSB’s AD&A Museum and the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Asheville Art Museum and Cameron Art Museum in NC, Parasol Projects, NYC, Trafo Gallery in Prague, and Pink Dog Creative and the Push Gallery in Asheville, NC. The recipient of numerous residencies and awards including the Howard Fenton Award for Painting, his works have been reviewed and profiled in many publications including New American Paintings and Daily Serving.
Red Barn Project Space is located in Building 479 on the campus of UC Santa Barbara near the bus loop and Pollock Theater with the entrance on the north side of the building. Parking is available in lots 18, 22, 27, and 29 on Ocean Road.
For more information and appointments, contact Tom Pazderka
firstname.lastname@example.org and 828-279-7229
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