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September 7 - October 13, 2007
Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Opening reception: September 7, 2007, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Alpha, a group show of gallery artists, in our new exhibition space, 1447 Stevenson Street, on view from September 7 to October 13, 2007.

Ratio 3 will inaugurate its 2,000 square foot ground floor space with Alpha, a group show with new work by Jose Alvarez, Sam Gordon, Robert Gutierrez, Jordan Kantor, Ruth Laskey, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley, Takeshi Murata, Mitzi Pederson, Ara Peterson, Ben Peterson and Jonathan Runcio. After over three and a half years of being located in a 1909 Victorian flat on the corner of 21st Street and Guerrero, Ratio 3 is relocating to 1447 Stevenson Street, off 14th Street between Valencia Street and Mission Street, in the Mission district of San Francisco.

Jose Alvarez will show new hallucinatory drawings made of mineral crystals, beads and porcupine quills. Alvarez is preparing for his debut New York solo show at The Kitchen, curated by Debra Singer, opening November 2007. Sam Gordon's new hybrid paintings incorporate the sweepings off the studio floor as an alchemical transformation and spray paint on mirror, which reflects the viewers' gaze back to themselves. Gordon will show new work, including the full 24 hour cycle of his film, The Lost Kinetic World, in a new high in getting low..., at Artnews Projects, Berlin, curated by John Connelly. Robert Gutierrez's paintings seethe with strange architecture, human forms, and infinite space. Gutierrez will soon begin a residency at Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, MA, and have a solo show at Sister, Los Angeles in December 2007. Jordan Kantor's paintings explore the role of images in our experience of the world, especially in the relationships between perception, memory, and visual representation. Kantor was recently included in Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, curated by Jens Hoffman, and in Image Processor, along with Chris Finley and Kota Ezawa, at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York. He will have his first solo with Ratio 3 in January 2008. Ruth Laskey employs a tapestry technique that allows her to weave a discrete geometric figure into a hand-woven canvas. Laskey's work channels the reductive sensibility of minimalist painting in order to highlight the physical actuality of the textile and the process of its making. Laskey will have a solo show at Ratio 3 in 2008. Barry McGee will contribute new work that is indicative of his signature style. McGee recently opened solo exhibitions at the Watari Um Museum, Tokyo, and the Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland. He opens a solo exhibition at the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, in mid-September 2007. Ryan McGinley exhibits a new photograph, and will have his West Coast solo show debut at Ratio 3 in the spring of 2008. McGinley recently exhibited at Team Gallery, New York, and currently has work on view in Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Takeshi Murata will show a new piece emblematic of his digitally reworked videos. Murata currently has a solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, and recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy. Murata will have his second solo show with Ratio 3 in October 2007. Mitzi Pederson will debut new sculptures and works-on-paper that continue her exploration of reflected color, perceptive depths and visual space. Pederson was included in the 2006 SECA Award exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and also had solo shows in 2007 at Ratio 3 and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York. Pederson will show new work at the Frieze Art Fair 2007, London, with Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. Ara Peterson will show wall-mounted works based on synthesized wave formations. Peterson had his second solo show with Ratio 3 in May 2007, and will be included in Deaf "From the audible to the visible" II, at Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, curated by Peter Coffin. Peterson is also preparing for a solo project as part of Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach, with John Connelly Presents, December 2007. Ben Peterson will premiere a large new drawing of a collapsed home that touches on the themes of manufactured nature and the instability of architecture. Peterson is currently in-residence at the Ujazadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland. Jonathan Runcio's new sculpture utilizes transparent and reflective surfaces, while the color and forms explore physical and mental space. Runcio will be included in a group show at Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, in January 2008.

Alpha is the first, the beginning, a bright star in the constellation.

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