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Jonathan Runcio: SSSLUG
April 11 - May 9, 2004
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: February 2, 2007, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Jonathan Runcio: SSSLUG , on view from April 11 to May 9, 2004.

Jonathan Runcio will create an installation that brings together paintings on mylar, aluminum, and the walls of Ratio 3. Using firearm manuals as source material, Runcio analyzes and reconfigures the diagrams, resulting in a hard-edged, colorful cascade of forms and movement.

By dissecting the gun illustrations, Runcio attempts to render the firearms useless, disposing of their harmful potential. The resulting compositions are then painted onto mylar or aluminum. The mylar creates a ghostly support for the painted forms, allowing them to float in space. The aluminum pieces are made using automotive paint, generating a slick, yet shattered surface. A large wall painting will envelope the viewer, creating a spatial extension of the smaller paintings hung within the gallery.

Born in 1977 in Montreal, Canada, Jonathan Runcio was raised in southern California. The artist currently lives and works in San Francisco. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from the California College of the Arts in 1999. His work was included in Taqueria Cancun (Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston) in 2003. This is his first solo exhibition.

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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