We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Tate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tim, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to remember me as a serious artist who was not afraid of tackling difficult societal issues. My lastest piece is entitled “The Pandemic Oculus” and will be shown at the Boca Raton Museum at the end of January during the new Glasstress show traveling from Venice, Italy. The Pandemic Oculus 33′ x 33″ x 4″ Cast Lead Crystal. This is my second pandemic. So many souls have been lost to both. Strange that the mind will forget so much of what only this moment has passed, and yet hold clear and bright the memory of what happened years ago…of men and women long since dead. Yet who can say what is real and what is not? Can I believe my friends are gone when their voices are still whispering into my ears? No, for they remain a living truth within my mind. Pandemics have hunted me my entire adult life. First, with HIV and now with Covid-19. I wonder if this piece will mark my own death? A dark thought, I know. But today’s uncertainty of life mirrors the uncertainty of life in the AIDS pandemic as well. Both snatched random loved ones away and made us all fear for our lives. I pray that this pandemic will be kept under control much more quickly than the first. In any case, this piece will live long after I do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I primarily, though not always, work in glass. There was a huge stigma against glass as a medium up until the early 21st century. Now its totally accepted as a medium…especially when artist such as Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson use it so much today. I have been lucky enough to show with Ai weiwei twice at this time. Im planning on 2021 being a banner year.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Miami I would take them to the Bass Museum or the Perez Museum….I love them both! and to Versailles for dinner!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people are responsible for my success. My mother, who loved art with all her heart; my gallerists Corey Hampson and Aaron Schey…they owners of Habatat Gallery; my first dealer Lenny Campello…a Cuban-American art dealer who truly believed in me. Along the way….so many collectors, curators, art consultants, museum directors and other artists who have supported and mentored me every step of the way. I am humbled and honored by them.