Tim Tate is a glass sculptor known for his impressive use of optical illusions and unique exploration of theoretical thought. Tate's work is in the permanent collections of various museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the Museum of American Glass' "Rising Stars of the 21st Century" and in 2010, he was the recipient of the Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. Tate has several impressive public art commissions including re-imaging the historic doors at the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C.
"Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives me the framework in which I fit my artistic narrative. In my work, I explore moving images and endless mirrors to achieve my interest in contemporary work with the aesthetic of Victorian techno-fetishism. In my endless mirrors, I try to entice the viewer to look deeply into and completely experience my windows into alternative dimensions.
"My works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparently limitless space. There is an intimacy implied by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to witness another endlessly repeating reality. These pieces create a visual space that doesn't actually exist in reality, but claims volume none the less. We look into a dimension that doesn't share space in this world." – Tim Tate