For years, Tim Tate has established himself as a skilled glass artist, and one whose work seems to draw more from tattoo art and the science lab than from the history of blown and cast objects. His latest work is a curious hybrid, an unexpected combination of craft and technology, what he calls “self-contained video installations.” Over the last three years, this Washington D.C.-based artist has attracted critical attention for his group of sculptures that look at the past through the lens of new media. These objects are intimate glass reliquaries that each contain a tiny video screen with a short looped film, along with ambient soundtrack.
Lately, these films have become for Tate works in their own right, with exhibitions at the prestigious Art Basel art fair in Switzerland, as well as in Art Basel Miami.
For the Taubman project, Tate plans to create a room-sized environment, featuring his most ambitious video work to date, as well as five new glass reliquaries. Six projections will include three works referencing the films of surrealist artist Jean Cocteau, and three pieces continuing his interest in dreamers and sleepwalkers.
His work has been exhibited across the country, including group shows at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the Fuller Craft Museum, MA. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Groot Foundation Grant for sculpture. This will be Tate’s first museum solo exhibition, and his first show in Virginia.