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Pattern Language and Paper Cuts

Featuring New Works by Tm Gratkowski

Los Angeles, CA, May 25, 2007 --( Refusing to be confined within the term “collage,” Tm Gratkowski presents his latest work in a solo exhibition, “Pattern Language and Paper Cuts.” Utilizing a technique that ambiguously exists between “painting” and “collage,” Gratkowski combines layer upon layer of print-media, “painting” to create pieces that question popular influences of everyday media. Initially using “paper cuts” to discover a theme, Gratkowski juxtaposes seemingly unconnected fragments to convey a unified message, a message that often challenges, deconstructs, and ultimately creates a new and deeper meaning. Composed of themes are as varied as the pieces themselves, among them landscape, Los Angeles, war, and cultural diversity, Gratkowski’s current body of work uses black, white and grey to explore parallel themes of polarity, displacement, memory, and loss.

“Pattern Language and Paper Cuts” will run from July 14, 2007 to August 18, 2007. An opening reception will by held July 21, 2007 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

About the Artists
After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hoschule fur Agawandte Kunst in Vienna Tm has spent most of his professional career as an artist working with mixed media, collage, experimental photography and installations. Tm went onto receive a BS and a BFA from UW and a MA from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. His education and early works are rooted in painting and drawing. He continues to develop techniques attributed to painting and applies them to unrelated mediums and materials. His primary source of material comes from recycled and reclaimed material, often found on the street. His investigations have led him to the disciplines of science, medicine, literature, popular and not-so-popular culture to explore the polarities and interpretations of what people believe in. In April of 2005, Tm was included in the “California Emerging Artist” show, which was a juried exhibition. In addition, Tm has been in a number of juried shows by most major museum in the United States, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, and the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, among others.

About Metro Gallery
Metro Gallery is a full-service art gallery located at 1835 Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake, California. Gallery hours are from 12pm – 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information on this exhibit opening and upcoming exhibits, contact the gallery at (323) 663-2787 or visit

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