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Robert Lazzarini: Sewer Covers
September 8 - October 22, 2006
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: September 8, 2006, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Sewer Covers, new work by Robert Lazzarini, on view from from September 8 to October 22, 2006.

Robert Lazzarini will debut two new sculptures and related drawings based on a New York City sewer cover. These works continue Lazzarini's exploration of variation and repetition through compound mathematical distortion.

Lazzarini sets up the conditions for the contemplative object by resisting the ordered logic of a normal sewer cover. The sculptures are transformed into new and illegible shapes which deny the viewer full visual grasp. The distortions wrench forms at various velocities, disrupting details such as text and basket weave pattern, making the works seem unresolvable.

The sewer covers become a short-hand for a broader landscape: the streets of New York City. Isolating an element from a more complex urban scene, this type of abbreviation lends itself to the reading of object as landscape.

Robert Lazzarini was born in 1965 in Parsippany, NJ. He attended the Parsons School of Design, New York, and graduated with a degree in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects, New York (2006), the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC (2006), Davidson College, Davidson, NC (2006), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (2003). His work was included in the 2002 Biennial Exhibition and BitStreams (2001) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has also exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum, CT (2004) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2004). He currently has work on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, and the DESTE Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. This is his solo first exhibition with Ratio 3 and on the West Coast. Lazzarini currently lives and works in New York.

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