June 29, 2019

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Estevan Lodge Welcomes The Audible Language of Flowers Exhibition: The Jardins de Métis Series by Artist T.M. Glass

Grand-Métis, June 30, 2019


Les Jardins de Métis today opened the exhibition The Audible Language of Flowers: The Jardins de Métis Series by artist T.M. Glass with ten large framed works on the walls of historic Estevan Lodge for the entire summer.


Inspired by Elsie Reford’s unique horticultural treasures and Estevan Lodge’s decorative arts collection of historic vases, each picture in this exhibition pairs new digital camera technology with old painting techniques used by 18th and 19th century still life artists.  Using the latest array of software, the artist works with pixels, textures and colours to create these remarkable lens-based digital paintings.


In these lens based digital paintings, Glass demonstrates how digital photographers are also painters, working with pixels instead of oils. The work of T.M. Glass opens a door to other ways of considering photography by exploring the historical, technological and aesthetic conditions of the medium to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. Utilizing cutting edge photographic and digital paint technology, the artist works with each image to create complex details and textures.


Stemming from a deep, personal engagement in horticulture, the artist’s primary subject matter became the persistent allure of flowers. The precious vessels paired with the flowers create a celebration of the beauty of nature and the nature of beauty.


T.M. Glass – Artist in Residence

This exhibition is made up of work from a photo shoot that took place in 2018 while Glass was artist in residence at Les Jardins de Metis (known as Reford Garden).  The gardens’ artist in residence program allows visual artists, architects and writers to work at the gardens and be inspired by its history and its many beauties.


Glass was invited to photograph cut flowers from Elsie Reford’s stunning garden arranged in vases selected by the artist from the decorative arts collection on display in Estevan Lodge. The vases have historical resonance and a special connection to the property and its past owners. The silver, glass and porcelain vases are some of many that were used by Lord Mount Stephan and by Elsie and Robert W. Reford in their Montreal home.


T.M. Glass worked closely with gardeners Anne Lévesque and Isabelle Couture and horticulturist Patricia Gallant to pick the spring flowers and treasures from Elsie Reford’s collection of rare plants. Florist Lidia Tacconelli created the floral displays with the flowers, foliage and branches brought to her daily by staff gardeners. They were photographed by T.M. Glass with assistant Paolo Cristante in a pop-up studio created in the Coach House adjacent to the historic Estevan Lodge. Glass then employer a variety of software painting tools to work with the raw pixels that bring the image depth, textures and colours to their imagined conclusion. The resulting lens-based digital paintings seem like a traditional photograph from afar, however, upon closer inspection the depth of the work is revealed in colours and textures unique to Glass’ practice.


About T.M. Glass

T.M. Glass works in Toronto. The artist’s work is currently on exhibit at the Onsite gallery of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto (until August 18). It was recently featured at a solo exhibition at Somerset House as part of Photo London. The artist’s work is represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal and Toronto.


“I grew up in a bleak Toronto suburb in a house where the garden consisted of a bit of grass front and back, a skinny maple tree in the front yard and a wire fence. My grandmother, on the other hand, had a very different kind of garden. It had beautiful colours and perfumes, flowers for vases, fruits and vegetables for dinner. To me, that little garden was paradise…my greatest wish was that one day I would have my own garden just like hers. Many years later my dream came true. The only problem was winter, when there were no flowers at all, only a thick blanket of snow. The solution was to photograph the flowers so I could see them all year round.”


About Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

National historic site, Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens is recognized as one of the great gardens of North America. The gardens were created by Elsie Reford from 1926 to 1958. Open to the public since 1962, they are a must-see attraction for those visiting the Gaspésie and the Lower St. Lawrence regions of Québec. A visit of the historic gardens and the historic Estevan Lodge is complemented by a wide-ranging program of cultural events in the visual arts, music, literature and the environment.


Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are open every day, from Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, October 6, 2018. Admission is free for children 13 and under. Visit www.refordgardens for further information.




Amélie Desrochers



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