Reclaimed wood, electrical equipment and stuffed animals are among the materials you’ll find in Tom Pazderka’s new solo exhibition at the ARTery. The works have a nostalgic aesthetic, defined by the aged floorboards and wooden slats he’s drawn on. Apotheosis explores American culture and identity through what Pazderka calls historic ideology and mythology. Stories of both local and national relevance are founded on mythicized figures and events. We as cultural historians, undoubtedly overlook some figures, places and momentary details key to an occurrence, memory. These details constitute Pazderka’s “morbid fascination,” and what ultimately became the physical and theoretical soul of the exhibition.
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