FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sam Gordon: The Twinkie Defense
November 4 – December 11, 2005
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: November 4, 2005, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Sam Gordon: The Twinkie Defense- New Paintings, Thoughtographs, & Sketchbooks 95/05, on view from November 4 to December 11, 2005

For this exhibition, Sam Gordon brings together three distinct bodies of work: paintings, photographs, & sketchbooks, which collapse into one show. The term "twinkie defense” is now widespread & commonly recognized, however it is based
on something that never happened. The viewer is invited to use this local myth as a lens through which to read the work, encouraging an exploration of interior spaces & mental maps.

From a coat of arms for the House of Gordon to a pair of paintings hung opposite to create a faux reflection & charge of the space between, Gordon’s new hybrid paintings incorporate the sweepings off the studio floor as an abstract voodoo, a self portrait in confetti, & an alchemical transformation. With a similar omnivorous quality of Warhol's Time Capsules, Sketchbook 95/05, which began in San Francisco, numbers to date over 1800 pages contained in 15 three ring binders, & counting. Gordon will also debut Thoughtographs, a new series of psychokinetic photographs which fuse shooting as a sixth sense with
multiple currents of contemporary practice.

Gordon has been included in exhibitions at the ICA, London; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Kunsthaus, Hamburg; Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami; The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; & Greater New York (2000) at P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City. In 2006 he will have a solo exhibition at Feature Inc. & will be included in the group exhibition Cosmic Wonder at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gordon lives in New York City. This is his
first solo exhibition in San Francisco.

Ratio 3: Where we have spoken openly we have actually said nothing. But where we have written something in code and in pictures, we have concealed the truth...