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
Los Angeles Art Association
After months of post-production I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday the 6th of June, of the current cosmoid year, I will be premiering the real-deal video of my thesis work, Nurture a Better Nature. The screening will take place at the Multicultural Center Theater at 8pm. It is free and open to the public. In connection with the UCSB Graduate MFA Thesis Show “Past is Prologue,” I will also screen two short works currently on view at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum. The runtime of this screening is 55 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A.
Click on the image above to see a trailer!
The MCC is located at 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117, across from the College of Creative Studies. Lot 3, which is located directly across the bike path, is the closest parking.
A brief description of the work to be shown can be found below.
Bring your friends and hope to see you there!
“Trial Child: Nurture a Better Nature” is an unconventional household drama set in an imagined near future where self-control is the single most important quality in human development. Trial Child, a robotic replica of a couple’s would-be child, is the newest technology. This video is a tragicomic Pinocchio tale that addresses issues surrounding the cyborg identity and our growing personification of robotics in relation to gender, identity, technological absurdity and family politics.
Set Design & Art Direction by Bailey Hikawa
Filmed by Alan Bucaria
Music by Ben Christensen
Costumes by Ainsley Buhl
Production Assistance from Starr Sanford, Vanessa Ayala, and Mateo Escalante
Featuring Alyssa Rogers and Dominic Riolo as body doubles and Nadia Talley as the Spirit Dancer
“Coping Mechanisms” is an experimental documentary short by Scotty Wagner made in collaboration with his father, John. After the tragic loss of a family member, father and son come together to work on removing a heater from an upstairs bedroom of an old house. By taking on the persona of a character named Robert, Wagner injects an element of fiction into this mundane project and draws a parallel between the act of making art and that of doing home-repair, questioning the role of each in everyday life and the centrality of difference.
“Stand Up” is an experimental video made with the production architecture of a stand-up comedy class. In the spring of 2016, Wagner took a workshop at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura, CA, that guaranteed a performance video as an end product. Releasing himself from the role as media producer, Wagner focused on creating a 5 minute set in which he plays the character James Sinclair, a boisterous southerner who subverts audience expectations of his own stereotype. In doing so, Wagner aims to question the culture of hyper-masculinity and stereotype-centric humor in stand-up comedy, attempting to engender conversation around the perception of truth in humor.
CB1 Gallery strives to promote and nurture intellectually stimulating work that implements an inter-sectional aesthetic. CB1 aims to provide a platform for inspired conversation among both participating artists and community members. In January 2015 the gallery opens its new 4500 sq. ft. exhibition space in the warehouse arts district of downtown Los Angeles, consisting of three CB1 exhibition galleries, plus an additional “Guest Gallery” which serves as an exhibition gallery for national and international commercial galleries as well as non-profit organizations.
Gallery hours are:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
or by appointment
Directions/Parking: From the I-10 heading east, take the Santa Fe exit, turn left on Porter St., turn right onto S. Santa Fe Ave., the gallery is on the right. From the I-10 heading west, exit at Mateo/Santa Fe exit , turn right at the exit onto 8th St., take the first right onto S Santa Fe Ave., the gallery is on the right. See map.
In addition to street parking, parking is available in a lot immediately south of the gallery on Santa Fe and in a lot behind the gallery (in the alley).