“BLACK AND WHITE (MOSTLY)”
May 25 through July 19
Opening reception Friday, May 26 5-8pm
Peggy Ferris, Santa Barbara abstract artist
Tom Pazderka, Instructor of Art, Allan Hancock College, resident at Red Barn Project Space UCSB
Roger Stevens, photographer, Chicago
Three artists, three visions employing (mostly) monochromatic palettes. Utilizing a variety of instruments, mediums and materials different for each creator, the show carries a unifying sense of place and time.
Ferris, who trained at Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Holland and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, works loose and unplanned, but with a designer’s eye for color and form. She works in acrylic and mixed media on a synthetic paper called yupo, and on canvas and panels.
“I burn, I draw and paint, I construct and deconstruct.” Pazderka is artist-in-residence at the Red Barn Project Space at UCSB. Pazderka’s approach to painting underwent a major shift in the early days of his residency. Shedding all but the most necessary elements of painting, Pazderka’s work dove head first into an area of seductive darkness and mystical romanticism influenced by the wildfires of summer 2016.
Stevens has been concentrating on industrial architecture in Chicago and capturing the monumental stature of these quotidian and utilitarian sites, re-using the images as the raw material for combining related structures and urban surfaces. He has created a series of triptychs, unifying images and revealing a greater whole. He also re-combines excised parts of photographs into a new format. These collaged images maintain an internal integrity while although deriving from the same original photograph, move further to abstraction.