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Fifth Floor is pleased to present Patterned After\, an exhibition of work by the L.A. based artist\, Christi na Muraczewski. The show will feature an array of brightly painted stylized pillows rendered in 2-dimensions on canvas and also a series of pieces of furniture similarly rendered on flat canvases which will “furnish” the mezz anine of the gallery. Using commercial textile patterns as a kind of palett e\, the work directly incorporates designs and motifs from these items and re-contextualizes them into the realm of fine art.

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Muraczewski’s wo rk seeks to comment on and complicate notions surrounding modern consumer c ulture. The paintings usurp the imagery of Ikea\, Crate &\; Barrel\, Pot tery Barn\, et al.\, in a manner that triggers the recognition of a familia r visual language to the viewer but offered in an unusual setting and forma t. The act of flattening the object onto canvas takes away its practical us e value and complicates and confuses the nature of the desire for the initi al object. The paintings humorously subvert the sometimes tenuous relations hip between art and design.

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Christina Muraczewski was bor n in Milwaukee\, WI in 1977. She has lived and practiced art in Milwaukee\, Baltimore\, suburban Detroit\, New York\, Los Angeles\, as well as briefly in London. She now lives and practices at the Santa Fe Art Colony in downt own Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at numerous galleries from Los Ang eles to New York and her work resides in various corporate and private coll ections including the West Collection. She has exhibited at Ruth Bachofner Gallery\, Sabina Lee Gallery\, The Brewery Project and had her first solo s how at Haus Gallery in Pasadena\, CA. Muraczewski received a BFA from Maryl and Institute College of Art in Baltimore\, MD in 1999 and a MFA in paintin g from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills\, MI in 2001.

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