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Mitzi Pederson – 3:43
January 10 – February 15
2831A Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110 USA
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 6 – 8pm
Press Preview: Friday, January 10, 5 – 6pm

Ratio 3 is pleased to announce 3:43, an exhibition of new work by Mitzi Pederson. For her fifth exhibition with Ratio 3, and her first at the gallery’s Mission Street location, Pederson has worked continuously in the gallery space for several weeks, turning rudimentary materials into a complete installation. The resulting works bring Pederson’s unique sensibility into dialogue with time and its effects on a given space.

Continuing her exploration of deceptively simple arrangements, Pederson creates elegant objects that combine contradictory gestures. In several works, the fluidity and lightness of fabric contrasts with the tension of bowed lumber. Other works combine Pederson’s interest in ephemerality with her intuitive sense of weight and permanence – strips of fabric draped over beams and blocks of concrete seem to vanish depending on vantage point and time of day.

By referencing a moment in time, 3:43 acknowledges both a specific moment in an architectural space, and the gradual shift of environmental conditions from one day to another. The light at 3:43 is different from the light at any other time of day, yet each day’s 3:43 is slightly different from the last. The works comprising 3:43 showcase Pederson’s discerning use of common materials, addressing not only spatial themes of balance and tension but also temporal themes of light and presence. In the spontaneity and thoughtfulness of their construction, Pederson’s sculptural objects manage to seem both fleeting and permanent.

Mitzi Pederson lives and works in San Francisco. Born in 1976 in Stuart, Florida, Pederson earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. In 2004, Pederson completed an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the California College of the Arts. A selection of her solo exhibitions includes Schleicher/Lange, Paris (2012); World Class Boxing, Miami (2009); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); and White Columns, New York (2006). Pederson has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the American Academy in Rome (2013); the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2011); MACRO FUTURE, Rome (2009); Milton Keynes Gallery and Harris Museum, Preston, UK (2009); ACME, Los Angeles (2009); and the 2008 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive; and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, and by appointment.