T.M. Glass is a digital artist, based in Toronto, 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 art must be beautiful. However, this argument extends beyond subjective experience to reside in the entangled relationship between the nature of beauty and the beauty of nature. Here, universal principles of fractal geometry are examined alongside a study of aesthetics throughout art history. Responding to contemporary arts’ compulsion to simplify and flatten the pictorial image plane, and to bypass the question of beauty, Glass’ work employs rapidly advancing digital technology making it possible to render a high degree of depth and level of detail as a celebration of nature.
While the painterly photographs and the 3D-printer sculptures 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 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 depicting the imagery 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.
Current work in studio production is a series of still life pictures to be completed in 2018. Glass was invited to photograph the flowers blooming in the Queen Mother's spring garden that she created while living at Royal Lodge, the hunting lodge near Windsor Castle. The garden is nestled in a 150 acre forest which is green all year apart from the colorful flowers that bloom for a few weeks in April.