IN MY PRIVATE moments I secretly call Tim Tate “The Big Man.” Like the late great Clarence Clemons Tim is a physically big man. And like C.C. Tim is a man big of spirit, big of heart, big of talent and ideas. His sculptures of blown and cast glass combined with found objects and videos are emotional and political. They are fabricated with a master’s touch. A man not afraid of nothin’, Tim faces the big subjects head-on: mortality, beauty, sexuality and art without a trace of cynicism. His work embodies the possibilities of transcendence and love. Without further ado, ladies and gentleman, Mr. Tim Tate, aka The Big Man:
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My interactive pieces can be seen as disturbing because the face that stares back at the video screen—your own—prompts a variety of responses: amusement, discomfort, embarrassment, something akin to the feeling you have when someone catches you looking at your own reflection in a store window as you pass by.
But the important revelations here are in the viewer’s response to my hybrid art form and its conceptual nature. I try to bare everything — the guts of my materials and my inner thoughts — in deceptively simple narrative videos set into specimen jars. 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 temporal, sounds and moving images 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 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.
Every sculpture tells a story. To see more of Tim’s work and hear the stories that accompany them, check out these web sites: