I saw Tm Gratkowski’s powerful, moving, and very provocative show
NOTHING SHOCKING yesterday. I was engrossed by the formal strength and
composure of his disconcertingly anxious works. In a way I felt the
show was, well, the word 'haunted' comes to mind.
Tm manages to
make swarms of text -- the kind that surrounds our every waking moment
like static -- and orchestrate it into a highly disciplined kind of
chaos: meticulously structured, but
chaotic and unfathomable nonetheless. He makes what is familiar alien,
and vice-versa. There's an exquisite tension between connection and
disconnection that's edgy, unsettling, and faintly melancholic, at least
to my reading of the work.
That's quite a feat. And the trilogy of Good, Bad, and Ugly is a real tour de force.
Howard Fox- Emeritus Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA.