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Michael Velliquette: The Still Lives of Saints
January 9 - February 13, 2005
Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening reception: January 7, 2005, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present Michael Velliquette: The Still Lives of Saints, on view from January 9 to February 13, 2005.

In the tradition of the religious diorama, Michael Velliquette's The Still Lives of Saints is a mixed-media installation of highly ornate, handmade objects organized throughout the gallery space in such a way as to simulate a moment of transcendence. A trail of objects will leads viewers to "discover" the space by entering through an artificial waterfall made from strips of colored blue plastic. Once inside, viewers will stand before a wall-size figurative relief sculpture, suggesting an omnipotent presence. The focal point is two large eye-shaped holes that are cut into a wall, allowing in natural light. Other elements include an over-sized hand-shaped canvas pillow, rays of colored string, paper mobiles, and painted rocks. The space invites viewers to contemplate themes of personal judgment, salvation, and damnation.

Michael Velliquette creates intimate environments for the contemplation of the self, the creative process, and the nature of change. He uses drawing, sculpture, video, performance, and installation to explore his experiences relative to the places where he has lived, worked, and traveled. Over the past decade, he has videotaped and photographed himself on an ongoing basis, recording both staged and impromptu moments of his daily life. Balancing real and imagined worlds, he often incorporates humor and fictionalized characters with elaborate costuming and make-up into these works to explore the relationship between truth and artifice.

Michael Velliquette was born in 1971 in Sandusky, Ohio. He received a BFA from Florida State University in 1993. In 2000 he completed an MFA at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 2002 he was awarded a Travel Grant from Artpace, a foundation for contemporary art, San Antonio, Texas. Velliquette has exhibited widely in the US. In 2004 he was selected for the Artpace International Artist in Residence Program 4.01. He had a solo show at The Suburban, Oak Park, IL (2004), Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2004), and Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio (2003). His work was also included in the exhibition We Are Electric , Deitch Projects, New York (2003). His video work has been included in MIX:NYC , Anthology Film Archives, New York (1998-2002), and in international underground film festivals. He is the Co-founder of The Bower, an artist-run project space. This is his first exhibition on the West Coast.

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