FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Summer Solstice with Sam Gordon, Ryan McGinley, and Collier Schorr
June 20 - July 25, 2004
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: June 20, 2004, 12-5pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Summer Solstice with Sam Gordon, Ryan McGinley, and Collier Schorr, on view from June 20 to July 25, 2004.

The Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer. Solstice is Latin for "sun stands still," and for several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky -- that is, its noontime elevation does not seem to change. Ratio 3 will celebrate the changing of the seasons with an exhibition of photographic-based work by Sam Gordon, Ryan McGinley, and Collier Schorr.

Fascinated with optical effects, Sam Gordon employs filters and double exposures to photograph unseen phenomena. Gordon captures auras that appear to radiate from prisms of hidden color and light. In Gordon's work, the supernatural is revealed to exist and can be seen if one chooses truly to open their eyes to reality.

Ryan McGinley's new work features elements of nature, the human body, and a haze of mystery. Luminous and sensual, McGinley's photographs are part fantasy, sexual exploration, and youthful freedom. McGinley's work possesses a keen sensitivity to subtle gestures, subdued color, and enveloping romance.

For this exhibition, Collier Schorr will present two works, both featuring images of young wrestlers whom she has followed for the past three years. Relaying movement and the passing of time, Schorr's new collage pieces move away from the idea of portrait and become more about the performance between the wrestlers. With the collage works, Schorr wants the viewer to see every intentional cut in the paper as evidence of a physical force interrupting the seamless photographic image.

Sam Gordon has had solo shows at Feature Inc, New York City, M du B, F, H & g, Montreal, Quebec, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, and Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami. Gordon was recently included in Reisefreiheit (Freedom to Travel) Neue Kunst in Hamburg, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany, Today's Man, John Connelly Presents, New York City, and Living with Duchamp, The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2000 Gordon was included in Greater New York at P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City. Sam Gordon lives in New York City, and is represented by Feature Inc.

Ryan McGinley will have a solo show at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, opening in June 2004. In 2003, The Kids Are Alright , McGinley's first solo exhibition, was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. His work was recently included in Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, and he has been in exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, Bailey Fine Arts, Toronto, and at Galerie du Jour, Agnes b., Paris. McGinley lives in New York City. This is his first exhibition on the West Coast.

In January 2004, Collier Schorr had simultaneous solo shows at 303 Gallery, New York City, and Modern Art, London. She was included in Strangers , Triennial of the International Center of Photography, New York City, and Attack! Art and War in Times of the Media , Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. Schorr was featured in the PBS broadcast Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century . In 2002 Schorr had a one-person exhibition at the Consorcio Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain with a catalogue, and her work was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2002 Biennial Exhibition . Collier Schorr lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is represented by 303 Gallery. This is Schorr's first exhibition in San Francisco.

Catalogues will be available for all three artists.

Ratio 3 is an access point for contemporary art based in San Francisco. Recent exhibitions outside of San Francisco include We Are Electric (Deitch Projects, New York City) and the forthcoming COLOR WHEEL OBLIVION (Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy). Chris Perez is the owner/director of Ratio 3, and previously worked as the curatorial assistant for contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, helping organize Bitstreams and the 2002 Biennial Exhibition . Prior to that, he worked at the Wattis Institute (CCA) in San Francisco.

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