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Los Angeles

Blythe Projects

Exhibition Detail
Curated by: Hillary Metz

Culver City, CA 90232

September 10th, 2011 - October 22nd, 2011
September 10th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Comfort Zone, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Comfort Zone,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
Capital Punishment, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Capital Punishment,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
Exacerbated Domesticity, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Exacerbated Domesticity,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
Situational Officialdom, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Situational Officialdom,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
A Love Supreme, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, A Love Supreme,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
Senseless Games, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Senseless Games,
Paper on paper collage, 60in x 40in
Apathetic Empathy, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Apathetic Empathy,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
Belief Systems, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Belief Systems,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
Deflated Materialism, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Deflated Materialism,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
Health Care, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Health Care,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
Profiling Suspicion, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Profiling Suspicion,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
Recycle Cycle, Tm GratkowskiTm Gratkowski, Recycle Cycle,
Paper on paper collage, 44in x 60in
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culver city/west la
by appt only
sculpture, pop, conceptual, collage mixed-media installation graffiti/street-art
Free to the public

Unlike what the title may at first imply, “WHITE OUT” is a multifaceted, complex, amalgam of social issues presented under the auspices of a uniform neutral pallet.

What at first appears to be all white is actually made up of multiple shades, colors, texts, and images. This color patina was selected because of its unassumingly neutral and innocent appearance. This allows viewers to get close to the work and slows down their viewing process to see all the layers of information that went into each piece. What at first may appear as an abstract composition will upon closer examination reveal a subject matter that is often complex, challenging, and at times difficult to take issue with. Combined with a serious subject matter is a presentation which may appear more subtle and at times with humor to get the viewer closer to a subject they may otherwise keep a distance from.

 The idea of “WHITE OUT” also implies a crossing out or a masking in which a white washed effect is an attempt to change an existing ‘old’ state into a new fresher look- in this case how we can re-examine issues which have struggled for a more accepted awareness for social change.

This current body of work explores the subjects of Ethics, Diversity, Social Reform, Race, Repression and other Social Conditions left unresolved by society.  These issues have reappeared throughout history and always remain a challenge for public discourse and acceptance. I am hoping to leave the viewer with a topic for conversation in which they are at liberty to see, discuss, and challenge that which has been discovered.

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