Wednesday, 3 August 2011
THOMAS GLASSFORD, HOME/STUDIO VISIT IN MEXICO CITY
view of Thomas Glassford's warehouse studio
fluorescent plant hanging in Thomas Glassford's studio
Thomas Glassford was born in 1963 in Laredo, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1990, he moved to Mexico City. Glassford uses everyday materials to create architectural or installation-scale works. Having used diverse objects --from gourds and used broomsticks to mirrors and fluorescent light-- Glassford has most recently used anodized aluminum molded siding. Both decorative and alluring, these industrial materials are transformed into rhythmic images reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture, Op Art painting of the 1960s, as well as Mexican Baroque decorations of the XVIII century.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Xipe Totec, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico (2010); Afterglow, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico (2010); Cadaver Exquisito, el Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA) UNAM (2006), La Torre de los Vientos, Mexico City DF (2001) and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca (1996). Solo exhibitions include: Select group exhibitions include: Tlatelolco and The Localized Negotiation on of Future Imaginaries, Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York, New York (2008), Second Lives, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York (2008), Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2007), Los Angeles/Mexico Complejidades y Heterogenidad, La Colección Jumex, Mexico DF (2006), Made in Mexico, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2004), Mexico: Identidad y Ruptura, Fundación Teléfonica, Madrid, Spain (2003), La persistencia de la imagen, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico D.F. (2001), Cinco Continentes y una Ciudad, Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico (2000), InSite (1997, 2005), Havana Biennial (1994 and 1997. Select permanent collections include: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Televisa Collection, Mexico DF; Gelman Collection, Mexico DF; La Colección Jumex, Mexico; The Bruce and Diane Halle Collection, Phoenix, Arizona; Collezione “La Gaia,” Italy; Montblanc International Collection; CIFO Foundation, Miami, Florida; Jerry I Speyer Collection, New York, New York; Vergel Foundation, USA; Neeley Collection, USA; Associaçao Beneficente Alzira Denise Hertzog da Silva, Brazil; Colección Valdemarín, Madrid, Spain and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Bajadoz, Spain.
Thomas Glassford lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.