Ratio 3 is pleased to present Safe Word, a group exhibition featuring new work by Danny Keith, Amanda Kirkhuff, Takeshi Murata, Francine Spiegel, and Anthony Viti, on view from June 26 to August 8, 2009.
In January of 2007, Kink.com purchased the 200,000 square-foot San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal located at the corner of 14th and Mission Street. In July of 2007, Ratio 3 leased a small warehouse space on 14th and Stevenson Street, just a half block from the new headquarters of Kink.com.
Housed behind the 2-foot thick walls of the Armory building, Kink.com produces and broadcasts some of the most extreme BDSM videos available online. While its headquarters is seemingly impenetrable, the general public seems to have unlimited access to Kink.com's actions via the company's website. Ratio 3 has invited five artists to create new work that uses Kink.com as both an image source and a site for personal investigation. The resulting work touches on the erotic, disturbing, and sometimes humorous output of Kink.com. Through video, painting, and drawing, these artists explore what happens when very private desires are acted out on an intensely public stage.