Tom Pazderka Explores Immigrant Experience In SBCAST Exhibit

The Shoemaker, 12"x12", Ash, oil and charcoal on burned panel, 2018

Santa Barbara, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2018) – 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). The exhibit, “The End Is the Beginning,” will open with a reception at SBCAST on Dec. 6, 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.
An opening reception for “Tom Pazderka – The End Is the Beginning,” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at SBCAST, 513 Garden St., Santa Barbara.
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.
For more information, visit, or contact
About LUM Art Zine
LUM Art Zine is dedicated to engaging the public with Santa Barbara and Ventura area arts and culture through writing, in a free and advertisement-free platform. Readers come to LUM to learn about the current projects and shows of local artists, for critical context and conversation starters, for thinking, talking, making and playing with art. LUM is created on the central coast of California by talented local artists and writers who are committed to championing arts and culture. LUM promotes local artists, art events and organizations through writing, and sponsors art exhibits, panels and events, contributing to the thriving local arts community. To learn more about LUM Art Zine or to sponsor a LUM Art Zine project, visit or contact