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Ara Peterson: Turns into Stone
November 6 – December 19, 2009 ?
Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103?? USA

Opening reception: November 6, 2009, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Turns into Stone, new work by Ara Peterson, on view from November 6 to December 19, 2009.

In this exhibition, Ara Peterson will present two distinct bodies of work.

The first is a collaboration between Ara and his father, Jack Peterson. The two have been making backgammon boards together for the past three years, constructing and abstracting the game's basic design. The colorful and elaborate compositions of the playfields are based on some of Ara’s earliest visual inspirations, including geometric family kilims, ceramics painted by his great-grandfather, and highly organized piles of firewood stacked by his father. Their interest in backgammon stems from their ancestry, and Jack taught Ara to play at a young age. Peterson considers the process of designing these boards with his father to be personal and spiritual.

The second body of work is also inspired by intuitive visual reverberations from Peterson’s early memory; a snapshot of a hallucination in three dimensions. These new sculptures represent seven years exploration into relief pattern, layered materials, surface treatment, organization of space, and animated movement. The multidimensional forms include free standing sentinels, individually painted slat panels, regionally painted surfaces, tubes, and most recently failed attempts at ceramic platens finished with crystalline glaze.

Ara Peterson was born in 1973 in Boston, MA. He graduated with a degree in Film/Video/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Recent exhibitions include New York Minute, MACRO Future, Rome (2009), eARTS Beyond, Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art (2009), Materialized: New American Video and…, Bergen Kunsthalle, Norway (2008), Constraction, Deitch Projects, New York (2008), and Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach with John Connelly Presents (2007). His work has been included in exhibitions at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City (2006 and 2004), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2006), The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2006), Liverpool Biennial, UK (2004), The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2003) and the Biennale d'arte contemporian De Lyon, France (2003). Peterson’s work is part of numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, and the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, CA. Peterson currently lives and works in Providence, RI. This is his third solo exhibition at Ratio 3.

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