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Mitzi Pederson: Ciphers
April 27th - June 16th, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27th, 6-8pm

Ratio 3 is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Mitzi Pederson. Pederson's sculptural and installation-based work examines disparate materials, their forms and the spaces they occupy through minimal and perceptive presentations. For this exhibit, Pederson blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting by using a specific fabric, tulle, as the surface for paint, sand, glitter, and wood. This material is used in different ways: stretched as canvas, hung directly on the wall, and as support for added media.

These new wall works draw out the inherent qualities of the materials and create a minimally perceptive visual experience in the gallery setting. In some cases, the lightness, weightlessness and soft presence of the fabric nearly disappears from view while calling attention to its versatility and strength. With other pieces, the material cast shadows on the wall in a moiré effect that creates a ground which suspends the static drawing on the surface.

Pederson continues her interest in playing with perception of presence; the line between something and nothing. Her selection and manipulation of materials compose both a spontaneous and deeply contemplative gesture. There is a tension found within the resourceful use of such elemental components. These new works continue her ongoing interaction with gravity and the architecture of the gallery. Pederson's deep conviction in the forms and confidence in these elements emphasize simplicity over spectacle resulting in a seamless and graceful navigation of her discerning practice.

Mitzi Pederson was born in 1976 in Stuart, Florida. She received a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. In 2004 she completed an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at World Class Boxing, Miami, FL (2009), Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York (2007, 2010), and White Columns, New York (2006). Recent group exhibitions include New York Minute, MACRO FUTURE, Rome (2009), Quiet Revolution, Milton Keynes Gallery and Harris Museum, Preston, UK (2009), Tony Feher, Allison Miller and Mitzi Pederson, ACME, Los Angeles (2009), The Approach (two-person with Lotte Gertz), London (2009), No Information Available, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2008), Now You See It, Aspen Art Museum (2008), Constraction, Deitch Projects, New York (2008), and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive and the UCLA Hammer Musuem, Los Angeles. Pederson currently lives and works in Berlin. This is her fourth solo exhibition at Ratio 3.

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