— I was out of the United States from 93-98. Most of these photos I took during that period. They’re not something I look at often, not even yearly, but in a way I feel I am working in opposition to these memories. I do not include them in the paintings in a literal sense though experiences can sometimes be described in formal terms, and many of the places I visited had a mysterious tension, a buzz in the air that resembles perceived space within a painting.

David Ratcliff was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Recent solo exhibitions include Team Gallery, New York (2011); Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Belgium (2010); Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto (2010); Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles (2010); and Maureen Paley, London (2009).