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Teri Rueb

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artist statement

'The Choreography of Everyday Movement' envisions as a topographical mapping the culturally inscribed nature of our everyday travels. Using global positioning satellite receivers (GPS), the project seeks to render visible our movement through the built environment of the city, revealing socio-political and poetic patterns of traffic flow through the urban body. In these drawings we see images as often as we detect the variations of a traveler's movement through the city over time. The GPS, designed for precise measurement and navigation, is subverted and re-cast as a kind of giant pencil or tool for making chance compositions.

The project takes process and performance as the subject of the work. Artist, studio assistant and traveler are all equal performers in this process-based work which explores the performance of our everyday lives.

The relationship of performer/spectator is re-configured in the live Internet performance in which the performer is only visible as an ant-like dot crawling across the screen. The performer is insulated from the gaze of the spectator, creating a shifted and mediated economy of the gaze that stands in contrast to traditional live performance, film or video. 'The Choreography of Everyday Movement' reduces the representation of movement and physical presence to the most basic visual abstraction in an attempt to privilege the poetic over the indexical.

Inspired by the random, yet structured beauty and minute details of nature (flora, fauna and mineral), I often include many objects in my images; all similar in form, yet each unique in its details. Those details of color and texture mimic the level of physical detail found in the natural world and create an illusion of reality even while the viewer is confronted with the practical knowledge that the objects illustrated do not exist.
One of the great joys of my process is that I can create an image with physical levels of detail and realism without the constraints of physical materials. The path from inspiration and idea to implementation and image is direct and unencumbered.

I recently met a scientist investigating the micro-structures formed by the controlled sintering of ceramic powders. Sintering involves the heating, but not melting, of materials to form a coherent mass. Electronmicrographs of his research served as the initial inspiration for a series which incorporates numerous small plates, either entirely representing a surface or coating portions of a surface. The structured placement of the sixteen spheres in each image is contrasted with the irregularities of the plates.