Artist Tim Tate creates work that occupies a strange place between Old World art and New World technology.
He creates ornate reliquaries — bulb-shaped glass cases that each contain a tiny video screen and player. On the screen loops a short movie of a girl walking down the sidewalk, or of an old woman baking a pie.
“I love video,” says Tate, co-founder of The Washington Glass School. “[I] grew up, like many kids in the country, with my chin in my hand, lying on my stomach, watching endless movies.”
But it was a miniature television that his aunt had, a model popular in the 1960s, that inspired his current work.