Tim Tate

Orphaned Artworks | Vortex


by Orphaned Artworks

32H x 32W x 4D"
Mirror, UV LEDs, Paint, Aluminum

Many people know me for my representational story telling in glass. What would a piece look like that was a hybrid between glass and painting? How does one work in an abstracted form while still giving a nod to our rich Venetian tradition of blown glass? This was my missing link. I am referencing the beautuful complexity of Italian latticello glass blowing, while overlapping with a nod to abstract paintings of the mid-century modern artists. As a child of the 60's I love the added dialog of UV paints and my love of books about time travel. As we stare into this deep tunnel, we are drawn forward and backward in time. I see myself as a time traveler. I slide easily between many centuries, from early Greek and Roman times to the essence of the 21st century. I am unfettered by the restrictions of time and space. Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives me the framework in which I fit my artistic narrative. Contemporary, yet with the aesthetic of Victorian techno-fetishism. Revelation —, and in some cases self-revelation, is the underlying theme behind my endless mirrors, my obelisks, my videos. But the important revelations here are in the viewer’s response to my hybrid art form and its conceptual nature. They are sent on a journey through time, free to examine from a distance as an other worldly invisible observer. It examines the relationship between art and endless mirrors to time travel and how memory works, and how it fades. The frame is the portal to the past, to dreaming and imagination, while the viewer's feet are still firmly planted on the floor. Nothing is random, all elements are thought out. To me, these works are phylacteries of sorts, the transparent reliquaries in which bits of saints’ bones or hair — relics — are displayed. In many cultures and religions, relics are believed to have healing powers. My relics are formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like cultural specimens. And perhaps, to the contemporary soul, they are no less reliquaries than those containing the bones of a saint. With technology rapidly changing the way we perceive art, the current day contemporary landscape closely mirrors Victorian times in the arts. We enter the 4th dimension here, at this art piece. We marvel at and invent bridges between past and present in an effort to define our time and make sense of this highly transitory moment in artistic history.