Tom Pazderka

Tom Pazderka

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

About Tom Pazderka

I burn, I draw and paint, I construct and deconstruct. Often I combine a particular Czech fatalism with an American optimism to strange effect. In my work the icon of American transcendentalism Henry David Thoreau can sit side by side with mathematician genius and terrorist Ted Kaczynski and with ideologue philosopher Martin Heidegger because they are so alike in their differences. Sometimes there is very little difference between genius and madness and they are on the surface one and the same. Is history written by great leaders or madmen?
Perhaps the answer does not matter. History is rarely neutral or complete. Through a personal vision of history I created a canon of famous and notorious cabin dwellers, of places both real and non-specific, inhabited and abandoned, because that is how time and history sometimes appear. My work runs through different practices, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, book making, video, photography and social practice. I prefer to work with found and recycled materials, often specific to their place of origin. This means that I get to inhabit the space in which these materials are found and can comment on them through their use. Pallets, found wood, coal tar and charcoal from local beach fires are some of these and they play a role just as important in the works as the subjects themselves. Here the East meets the West in self-imposed exile, and escape, solitude and nostalgia share equal weight with the heavy burden of history; the American Eden and Manifest Destiny.
My new series of paintings is a venture into the darker side; of landscape, of nature, of memory. Images of smoke clouds from local fires are thinly painted into the heavy blackness of ash and charcoal rubbed into a burned wooden panel. These are the objects of reverie of fire, that primordial sense of one’s connectedness to something both life-affirming and life-destroying.

Education

B.F.A. Western Carolina University 2012
M.F.A University of California, Santa Barbara 2016

Events

'Incompleteness and the Immigrant Experience' - Dec 13th at Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology. 6pm. 513 Garden St. Santa Barbara

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Upcoming: The Basic Premise, Ojai, CA
2019 Anamnesis: I came as a dreamer and left as a dream – Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Everything is True, Nothing is Permitted, Bender Gallery – Asheville, NC
2018 The End is the Beginning – Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology, CA
Bright Abyss: Sunrise in the West – The Basic Premise, Ojai, CA
2017 American Gothic – Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Into Nothing – Architectural Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
2016 The Darkest Day – Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Montani Semper Liberi – Glass Box Gallery Room 1330, UC Santa Barbara, CA
2015 Histories of Ambiguity – with Patrick Gilbert, Napa Gallery, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Cabin Fever – Glass Box Gallery, UC Santa Barbara, CA
2014 Twenty Years of Progress – Pink Dog Creative, Asheville, NC
Twenty Years of Progress – Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2013 apotheosis - The Artery, Asheville, NC
2012 Americarcana - Push Gallery, Asheville, NC
Untitled Show - The Skinny, Sylva, NC
2011 Prophecy - Grace Centre Gallery, Mills River, NC
2008 New Paintings - Pump Gallery, Asheville, NC.

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2020 Upcoming: Bardo Arts Center, Cullowhee, NC
Out There – Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
UCSBMFA 20/20, Sullivan Goss, CA
100 Grand – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2019 Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Nancy and Michael Gifford – Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
100 Grand – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
Satan’s Perimeter – ArtShare LA, Los Angeles, CA
In Times Like These – Pink Dog Creative, Asheville, NC
Full Bodied – Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Art Without Limits – Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA
POV – Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology, CA
Blue: An Homage to Picasso – Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2018 Wasted on the Banks of Lethe – The Basic Premise, Ojai, CA
Infinite Shades – Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Protest – ArtShare LA, Los Angeles, CA
Incendiary Devices – POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive – Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The Artists of UCSB – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
The Crew: Underpinnings - Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology, CA
The Future Can Only Be Told In Reverse - CCS Gallery, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Open Show – curated by Anna Katz, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Alumni Exhibition – Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
100 Grand – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
Art Without Limits – Art From Scrap, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 Personal Vacation – curated by Chris Davies, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Open Studios and Exhibition – Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France
100 Grand – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
Stepping Into the Unknown – Silo 118, Santa Barbara,CA
Black and White (Mostly…) – Silo 118, Santa Barbara, CA
Out of Place – Ridley-Tree Art Museum, Westmont College, Montecito, CA
Expo Contemporary – The Reef, Los Angeles, CA
Artists Without Limits – Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA
Artists Without Limits – Art From Scrap, Santa Barbara, CA
2016 Beyond Walls – Casa Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB 2016 MFA Exhibition – AD&A Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
LightWorks – Isla Vista, CA
2015 Unintended Consequences – The ArtsFund, Santa Barbara, CA
Surface Tension – Saatchi Art at Parasol Projects, New York, NY
Open Studios – MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic
UCFZ – Gone Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Current Focus – Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara, CA
2014 Look Again – The Artery, Asheville, NC
2013 Seeing is Believing – Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
2012 Parallax - Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
44th Annual Juried Art Exhibit – Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
2011 Color Study - Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
State of the Art, Art of the State - Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
2010 Alchemy Art Salon - Sante Fe, NM
Line in Landscape - Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC,
2009 Oh Kaos! - Flood Gallery, Asheville, NC