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Tim Tate's Hi-Tech Art

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Here's a sneak peak at Monday's All Tech segment. We'll hear from two VERY different voices of the tech world. The first is Craig Newmark of Craigslist fame. It's an interesting interview - tune in to hear Newmark discuss the recent flap over Craigslist's "Erotic Services" category. Actually, "discuss" isn't quite the right verb.

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We'll also hear from artist Tim Tate. He's an unusual animal in the art world: a true craftsman (his medium: sculpted glass) whose most compelling work is a hybrid of Old World art and New World tech. His forte is the reliquary - a glass case shaped like a bulb usually meant to hold a keepsake of some sort. Imagine the kind of case your father used to keep his father's old pocket watch. But, in Tate's reliquaries you'll find sculpted glass ornaments and - here's the kicker - a tiny video screen and player.

The reliquaries are generally themed and the videos match the theme. When I visited Tate, he was showing off one of his newest reliquaries, "Dreaming of Ophelia" - inspired by Shakespeare's Ophelia. Notice the straight jacket made of sculpted glass perched atop the reliquary, then the sculpted crowns and sacred heart inside. On-screen plays a looped short film of a woman's face, submerged underwater. Tate shoots all of his own films - with the help of area photographer/videographer Pete Duvall.

For more of Tate's work, you can check out his Web site. Also, he co-founded The Washington Glass School and Studio - where he does most of his work and where he teaches and provides studio space to other professional and aspiring glass artists in the D.C. area.

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