Purple Diary

[June 20 2011]

PORTRAITS AND GHOSTS BY DAVID RATCLIFF INAUGURATES the second new space of team gallery, new york

José Freire’s Team Gallery recently opened a second gallery on nearby Wooster Street. Located close to other Soho mainstays such as The Drawing Center,
the space is a welcome addition to the Downtown gallery scene and
allows the Team Gallery program an opportunity to showcase two
different exhibitions simultaneously. Inaugurating the Wooster Street
space is Los Angeles painter David Ratcliff with his medium
sized violent works on canvas, created through a process of found
imagery, stencils and sprayed acrylic on canvas. In some passages, the
work reminds of New York artist Gary Simmons. Both men work
with an unmistakably American iconography and allow the irregularities
and smears of spray paint which occur as part of the production to add
an emotional tenor to their works. Photo and text Juliana Balestin

Portraits and Ghosts by David Ratcliff is on view until June 18 at the Team Gallery, 47 Wooster Street, New York.

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