Ryan Mrozowski’s Paintings Hypnotize at Ratio 3

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Two vertical paintings of red and green leaves.
Ryan Mrozowski, ‘Untitled (Pair),’ 2021; Acrylic on linen. (Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco)

There’s something hypnotic about the Brooklyn-based Ryan Mrozowski’s paintings. Close-up views of lush greenery, often displayed in diptychs, trigger a sort of “spot the difference” compulsion as your eyes dark back and forth between two images. Some of his paintings utilize an all-over pattern punctuated by circles (the centers of black-eyed Susans or eerily evenly distributed oranges). Others depict impossible hedge mazes seen from above. This show will include all new paintings, the likely sources of plenty of exercise for visitors’ optical nerves.

Ryan Mrozowski’s show is on view Nov. 5–Dec. 17 at Ratio 3 (2831A Mission St., San Francisco).