About The Artist
David Teeple is a visual artist living and working in Massachusetts, US. His media are installation, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and video.
“These sculptures act as lenses. Looking at a magnified world, they are a tool to glimpse into the world within which they are placed. They reveal patterns in the environment that cannot be readily seen; they reveal nuances that are yet to be discovered; they illuminate light shadowed by the objects it illuminates; they uncover sections of the seen and unseen world.”
“From a distance, the combination of glass and water acts as a prism, illuminating the water, setting it apart from the river. This compartmentalizing of something so vast and elusive intrigues me - I can see the water, finally; not just its surface, which is usually how we see water. The surface of the water inside the tank takes on the surface of the surrounding water, and the two, the tank and the river, begin to merge. But only so far - the structure of the installation pushes itself back away from the river. There is a fluidity in this push-pull and the installation always remains separate, although it seems to want to merge completely. As we look at it from a structural view, and taking into account the effects of the Snell-Descartes Law of Refraction, where two dissimilar isotropic materials in close proximity change the refractive index, bending the light and causing optical anomalies, the tank becomes a constantly shifting geometrical field causing the installation to take on a varied range of optical and geometric shapes. But the changing shapes are internal and don’t actually exist. It is an illusion. These interior forms that reflect the materials also reflect and mirror the visual elements of the surrounding environment: the river, the trees, the sky; or if installed inside a building: the walls, floor and ceiling, and any objects in the space. The water, glass, and light combination is collecting, reconfiguring, and reflecting back all of the visual information in the environment. It is a cataloguing of sorts, by virtue of the structure of its system.”