TM Glass is a Canadian artist whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. The works have been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and held in private collections in the Canada, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia. Glass turned to photography as the primary mode of production after studying sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and pursuing a distinguished career in writing and production for film and television.
Glass contends that good art must be beautiful to hold a viewer's attention. However, this argument extends beyond subjective experience to reside in the entangled relationship between the beauty of nature and the nature of beauty. Here, universal principles of fractal geometry are examined alongside a historic study of aesthetics, focused on 19th-century methodology of the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts & Crafts movements. Responding to contemporary arts’ compulsion to flatten the pictorial image plane, Glass’ work glances back to the golden ratio as a composition principal while looking forward to rapidly advancing technology to render a high degree of depth and level of detail. While their photographs have the appearance of an easy kind of naturalness, they are the result of detailed planning and hours of painstaking manipulation. A single work may demand two months of production time.
Stemming from a deep, personal engagement in horticulture, the artist's primary subject matter is the persistent allure of flowers. Utilizing techniques of painting in the digital environment and depicted at tremendous resolution, each blossom is rendered unique, complex, exquisite, emotional; both natural and supernatural; both still and alive. Recent work pairs a wide array of flora with historical vases selected from distinguished ceramic collections such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Gardiner Museum.
Glass lives in Toronto, devoting time to artmaking and horticulture.