"The End of Nowhere, Stories and Photographs"… by Tom Pickarski
May 1, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Opening Reception May 1, 2015 6:00 - 8:15pm
I’ve always been intrigued by the process of consciously transcending reality through exploring, and then shifting, one's perception.
Several years ago I set out on a series of international travel adventures to confront psychological fear and limitation. Having lived in the scorching deserts of Arizona for many years, I was intensely drawn to the opposing arctic deserts of places like Iceland, Greenland, and Patagonia. I traveled twice a year for month-long adventures on a bicycle, days away from anyone, and camping in a little tent. I carried a small pocket camera and a notebook, and created this series of short stories and B&W digital photographs. The stories are shaped around the encounters, miracles, and transformations that occurred along the way. The images reflect my love for the unusual shapes, fragile settings, and desolate landscapes I discovered. I continue to return to these places. Each time, the layers of exploration continue to broaden and deepen.
I am a multi-media visual and performance artist. The themes I work with include minor obsessions, the bizarre landscape, self realization, and social justice. I often integrate storytelling into my work through text and spoken word. I am originally from the Dallas Township area. In the 90's I earned a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Performance Art (Intermedia), both from Arizona State University.
In the late 90's, I moved to New York City to study Yoga philosophy and technique. I have since been teaching Yoga as spiritual practice in studios and private homes throughout New York City. Over the years, I have developed my own signature style of Vinyasa Yoga called Multi-Dimensional Yoga.
This exhibition is my follow up exhibition to The Middle of Nowhere, which I presented here at Camerawork Gallery in the spring of 2014.