TOM PAZDERKA EXPLORES IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN SBCAST EXHIBIT
Conjuring memories from his childhood in the Czech Republic, Tom Pazderka explores a dark, morbid sense of the immigrant experience in a solo show of new works, “The End Is the Beginning,” presented by LUM Art Zine, at The Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST), 513 Garden St. The exhibit, “The End Is the Beginning,” will open with a reception at SBCAST on Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., and run through Jan. 11.
In burned and painted wood panels, Pazderka reimagines his old family, neighbors and historical context to reference the ambiguous ‘incompleteness’ of a first generation immigrant. Pazderka’s practice involves burning, drawing, construction/deconstruction and painting, which imbues his work with strange keys of Czech fatalism and American optimism.
“The End Is the Beginning” portrays the darker side of memory, history and nature. By utilizing ash and charcoal, Pazderka references the primordial—life-affirming and life-destroying—human connection to nature, history and memory.
In conjunction with the exhibit, on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., SBCAST will host a one-hour panel discussion on the condition of the immigrant in artistic representation. Participants in the panel are 1st District Supervisor Das Williams; UCSB Art Professor Marco Pelijhan; Artist Tom Pazderka; LUM Art Zine Editor & Curator Debra Herrick, and Moderator Ted Mills, host of The Funk Zone podcast.