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Jose Alvarez: Looking for Ixtlan
July 8 - August 21, 2005
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: July 8, 2005, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Looking for Ixtlan , new work by Jose Alvarez, on view from July 8 to August 21, 2005.
Taking cues from Carlos Castaneda's book "Journey to Ixtlan," Jose Alvarez has created a body of work that examines our ideas of inner and outer exploration. Utilizing elements from the anthropologist-cum-guru's world and his famous Indian shaman character Don Juan, he juxtaposes these ideas against the backdrop of space exploration and science. He uses materials mentioned in the book like mineral crystals, feathers and porcupine quills, mimicking Castaneda's interest in the idea of the "magical." Such exotic objects are used by Alvarez to create elaborate and exuberant collages and gain access to Carlos' imaginary world. Don Juan used them as an aid to obtain "knowledge," calling them "objects of power."

Alvarez is interested in finding a space where two seemingly opposite worlds - the mystical and the concrete - merge into a creative vortex. He calls into question the ideas upon which each belief system and its material manifestations are based, and uses a giant radio telescope as the iconic image that speaks of his own personal investigation into the realm of the unknown. The journey continues....

Jose Alvarez was born in 1968 in New York. He attended the New York School of Visual Arts and participated in the 2002 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work has been included in exhibitions at Ingalls & Associates, Miami (2005), the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (2004) and Deitch Projects, New York (2003). He has performed internationally on television and on stage as his now-mythical character, "Carlos." He will have solo exhibitions at Western Projects, Los Angeles (2006), and at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (2007). Alvarez lives and works in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This is his first solo exhibition.

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