Katarina Burin: Pre-arranged Comfort
November 7 – December 20, 2014
2831A Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 USA
Opening reception: Friday, November 7, 6 – 8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6pm

Ratio 3 is pleased to announce Pre-arranged Comfort, an exhibition of new work by Katarina Burin. Consisting of sculptures, models, architectural interventions, and objects referencing multiple scales, Pre-arranged Comfort is both an immersive environment and an investigation into the staging of objects. 

Burin’s new work presents a series of sets that can be read equally as models, one-to-one reconstructions, or a showcase for objects. Burin creates a space where constructed walls with fixed viewpoints, areas of color, and faux surfaces guide the viewer between a proposed display and realized installation.

Grounded in her interest in architecture, particularly her recent interventions in the work of the historical architect Petra Andrejova-Molnár, Burin pitches exhibition as model. By placing reproduced and rescaled artifacts throughout the gallery, Burin makes reference to architectural drawings, illustration shorthand, and images reminiscent of the generic symbols used in travel advertising and signage. Merging anonymously designed imagery, Letraset, and typography, with authentic furniture and photography, Burin blurs the distinction between artist, archivist, and historian.

Katarina Burin (b. Bratislava, Slovakia) lives and works in Cambridge, MA and Berlin. She studied at the University of Georgia, Athens (BFA, 1999) and Yale School of Art (MFA, 2002). Burin has been a fellow at the Schloss Solitude, the MacDowell Colony, and the Yaddo residency. She is a recent recipient of a Graham Foundation Individual Grant (2014), and the ICA Boston’s James and Audrey Foster Prize (2013). Burin has exhibited internationally at the Aspen Art Museum; P!, New York; and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin among others. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Galerie M29, Cologne; Andreas Grimm, Munich; and Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany. Forthcoming projects for 2015 include Model Shop at the Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and a solo exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago. This is Burin’s second solo exhibition at Ratio 3.