Born 1963, Laredo, Texas/Lives and works in Mexico City
Thomas Glassford’s early sculptures were based on local and natural materials (dried gourds, leather, wood), but he has increasingly turned to more industrial and urban materials. Some are found, such as embossed vinyl or plastic tableware, while others are modified, like the anodized aluminum siding used architectonically for gates and doorways. He uses these to create rhythmic wall reliefs referring to the city while partaking in a dialogue with the vocabulary of minimalist painting and modernist architecture. Select solo museum exhibitions include “Cadáver Exquisito,” Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes, Mexico City (2006); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; and “Event Horizon,” Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2003). Glassford has participated in numerous group exhibitions including InSITE’05 and InSITE’97, San Diego/Tijuana; “Erotic,” Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo and Brasilia; “Eco. Arte Mexicano Contemporáneo,” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2005); “Made in Mexico,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and UCLA Hammer Museum (2004); and “Operativo,” Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.