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Les Autres: Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Christopherson, Eve Fowler
July 1 – August 5, 2007
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: July 1, 2007, 12-5pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Les Autres, a group show featuring work by Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Christopherson and Eve Fowler, on view from July 1 to August 5, 2007.

Les Autres brings together the work of three artists, Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Christopherson and Eve Fowler. Themes of obsession, submission and corporal transcendence permeate the work, offering a personal view into three very different extreme experiences.

Nobuyoshi Araki’s polaroids of bound women and dying flowers are part of a massive body of work that spans decades. The highly charged images resonate with desire, beauty and a tense sexual aura. Araki has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Barbican Art Gallery, London, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Jablonka Galerie, Köln, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Luhring Augustine, New York, White Cube, London. His works is the collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Deutsche Bank, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has published hundreds of monographs. His most recent solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery, 67 Shooting Back, was held on the occasion of his 67th birthday. Araki lives and works in Tokyo.

Peter Christopherson’s Form Grows Rampant is a fifty minute film that chronicles the GinJae Festival in Krabi Town, Thailand. Christopherson shot, edited and composed the music for the film. Separated into five segments, the film follows a group of young men as they participate in a series of rituals which are intended to bring merit and good luck to the village, scare away harmful spirits and keep the world spinning on the correct axis. The intensity of the film is heightened by the hypnotic soundtrack and slow-moving images. Christopherson’s film is a personal interpretation of radical acts of absolute belief and total commitment. Peter Christopherson was a partner in the legendary design firm Hipgnosis. He went on to form the seminal bands Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil. His work is currently included in Panic Attack!: Art in the Punk Years at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. Christopherson lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the gallery debut of Form Grows Rampant.

Eve Fowler loosely based her current series of photographs on 1970s images from men’s magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse. She is interested in taking the aesthetics of straight pornography, and recasting lesbian and transgender models as the subjects of power and desire. Fowler’s photographs are an attempt to represent her own relationship to this re-fashioned complex of looking, being and wanting. Eve Fowler received an MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1992. She has exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, White Columns, New York, LACE, Los Angeles, Participant, New York, and the Kuenstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Tom Solomon @ Rental Gallery, Los Angeles. Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles.

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