These intimate collages of interior and exterior worlds introduce to us a scene where the description of the main event is absent, but filled in by the supporting details or evidence, suggesting a deeper, often unsettling narrative. Seeing minimalist literature and true-crime TV as inspiration, Ruble unfolds the possibilities of events that might have been or may soon come to be. The main clause of the story is left blank. What forms is a psychological rootlessness, tethered by concrete detail. There is something unnerving going on, questions arise and solving these becomes the seduction. The layered-paper medium, small scale, and hard-edge-painting approach of her collages contrast with the subject matter, lending a concrete physicality, an almost gem-like quality, to scenes that otherwise feel fleeting. The colors soothe individually, while creating a disharmony when introduced together.

Their detailed appearance reflects Ruble’s interest in photography from the 1970’s including William Eggleston and the New Topographic photographers. There is a stark and vivid reality to their recordings. Ruble uses this template to tweak the facts, whereby pushing this reality into the realm of the imaginary, closer to what Gregory Crewdson might photograph. Significance of the location comes closer to Joel Sternfeld’s project, On This Site, but maintains a cool distance from the specifics.

Casey Ruble completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in 1995, and in 2002 received an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the country as well as abroad. Ruble has been teaching painting and drawing at Fordham University since 2001. She presently lives and works in New Jersey.

Represented by FOLEY gallery.

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