Tom Pazderka




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Tom Pazderka Esoterica (4-works)
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Tom  Pazderka The Black Hand of God
The Black Hand of God
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
21 x 29 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Destroyer
The Destroyer
Ash, charcoal, oil on paper
18 x 24 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Messiah
The Messiah
Ash, charcoal, oil on paper
18 x 24 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Occulist
The Occulist
Ash, charcoal, oil on paper
18 x 24 x 1 in

Tom Pazderka Family (7-works)
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Tom  Pazderka Deus Absconditus
Deus Absconditus
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
32 x 32 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Grandmother
Grandmother
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
21 x 21 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Mother
Mother
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
21 x 21 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka My Grandfather
My Grandfather
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
21 x 21 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Spring
Spring
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
32 x 48 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Three Generations
Three Generations
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
32 x 32 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Winter
Winter
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
15 x 15 x 1 in

Tom Pazderka Nostalgie Series (7-works)
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Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie VI
Nostalgie VI
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
41 x 42 x 2 in
Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie IV
Nostalgie IV
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
43 x 43 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie V
Nostalgie V
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
43 x 43 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie VIII
Nostalgie VIII
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
24 x 24 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie X
Nostalgie XI
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
48 x 48 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Nostalgie XII
Nostalgie XII
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
24 x 33 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka Thrones and Dominions
Thrones and Dominions
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
24 x 24 x 1 in

Tom Pazderka The Dictator Series (9-works)
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Tom  Pazderka The Artist
The Artist
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
8 x 8 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Bus Driver
The Bus Driver
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
15 x 15 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Cook
The Cook
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
8 x 8 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Journalist
The Journalist
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
15 x 15 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Librarian
The Librarian
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
8 x 8 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The PriestMeteorologist
The Priest/Meteorologist
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
12 x 12 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Shoemaker
The Shoemaker
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
12 x 12 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Teacher
The Teacher
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
15 x 15 x 1 in
Tom  Pazderka The Writer
The Writer
Ash, charcoal, oil on burned panel
15 x 15 x 1 in

Tom  Pazderka

Tom Pazderka

Tom Pazderka Description

I burn, I draw, I construct and deconstruct objects loaded with historical and social baggage and conflicting ideologies. 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. 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.

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