David Ralph reflects on the psychology of architectural spaces and what they say about the people who inhabit them. Recent work has looked at the buildings that artists and musicians colonise and transform. After moving to Leipzig in 2014, Ralph became interested in the derelict structures that artists choose to reoccupy. Ralph finds the ‘theatre of life’ inscribed within the walls of these spaces, and describes his atmospheric, jewel-like paintings as collective portraits of the people who have occupied them over time.
Press release courtesy Gallery 9.