Somewhere or Nowhere At All: Group exhibition curated by Tom Pazderka

March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – March 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Red Barn Project Space Gallery at UC Santa Barbara

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