Since moving to Iowa David Ratcliff has been working on his new “Stars” body of work. The artist’s always-appropriative practice consists of cobbling together found visuals, then stenciling and spray-painting the collaged images onto canvas. These works all take the form of small, evenly gridded five-point stars, rendered in a single color. In this newfound context, the seemingly innocuous subject matter manages to convey a powerful sense of emptiness and dread: childlike adornment comes to represent the death and decay of cultural material.
Over the past ten years David Ratcliff has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Solo shows have been mounted in London, Brussels, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Kyoto. Group appearances include MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; The Turin Triennial, Turin, Italy; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Public collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
Ratcliff studied at the Pratt Institute in New York and attained a BFA in 1992.