Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6 – 8pm
2831A Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110
Gallery hours: 11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Ratio 3 is pleased to announce Channel, an extended exhibition surveying three video art practices. During each five-week phase of the exhibition, Channel features multiple video works by a different artist or collaborative. Channel 1, the first of the exhibition’s three phases, features recent short films by Austin-based duo Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas. Without imposing narration or directing their subjects, Bresnan and Lucas document uniquely American landscapes and cultures.
The Send-Off (2016) captures a charismatic group of students preparing for their high school prom. Filmed over a single day, The Send-Off builds from languid shots of a sugarcane mill town, through the students' preparations, to an exuberant photoshoot, culminating in the traditional dance party.
The Rabbit Hunt (2017) follows a teenage protagonist from the same cohort featured in The Send-Off as he, his family, and peers hunt for rabbits in the industrial sugarcane farms of the Florida Everglades. The film records a tradition by which migrant farmworkers have been hunting and preparing rabbits since the early 1900s, and which has since come to be a rite of passage for the region’s young men.
Roadside Attraction (2017) documents the spectacle that has recently developed around Air Force One, the aircraft that transports the sitting President of the United States. Frequently parked at Palm Beach International Airport near Mar-a-Lago, the plane has become a photo opportunity for a myriad of travelers on the thoroughfare.
Ivete Lucas was born in Brazil, began her career as a filmmaker in Mexico and now lives in the United States. Patrick Bresnan was born in New York City and has been photographing and filming in central Florida for the past decade. Lucas and Bresnan began working collaboratively in 2008 and have since become the recipients of over twenty film awards at national and international festivals including the BFI London Film Festival Award for Best Short Film, two Golden Gate Awards for Best Documentary Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the prestigious Cinema Eye Honors. Bresnan and Lucas are currently in post-production of Pahokee, a feature documentary to be released in early 2019.
Channel is a sequence of video surveys, and an overview of three distinct approaches to video art production. The artists whose works comprise Channel build narratives with documentary footage, construct new images through animation, and capture sequences in controlled studio environments. Channel is a series, a survey, and an immersive experience.