Philadelphia, b.1950

Jeanne Silverthorne

For more than three decades, Jeanne Silverthorne has taken the studio as her subject. Her work is meticulous and personal, first fashioning everyday items in clay, then casting them in industrial-grade rubber. These objects reflect reality but colored with phosphorus or changed in scale, they retain their uniqueness.

Thus she makes light bulbs, some broken, that fill and spill from a garbage bin; or wire cables, task chairs and shipping crates. Such banal items become metaphors for the inevitability of age and decay, but tempered with humor, hope and humanity.

Silverthorne came of age as an artist when women sculptors not infrequently used Eva Hesse as inspiration and this was true for Silverthorne as well. But her work aligns more closely with the “handmade readymades” of Robert Gober whose sinks...

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Biography

For more than three decades, Jeanne Silverthorne has taken the studio as her subject. Her work is meticulous and personal, first fashioning everyday items in clay, then casting them in industrial-grade rubber. These objects reflect reality but colored with phosphorus or changed in scale, they retain their uniqueness.

Thus she makes light bulbs, some broken, that fill and spill from a garbage bin; or wire cables, task chairs and shipping crates. Such banal items become metaphors for the inevitability of age and decay, but tempered with humor, hope and humanity.

Silverthorne came of age as an artist when women sculptors not infrequently used Eva Hesse as inspiration and this was true for Silverthorne as well. But her work aligns more closely with the “handmade readymades” of Robert Gober whose sinks and cribs are rooted in memory.

Nature is ever present in her work: dandelions and weeds grow between rubber floorboards, trompe l’oeil sunflowers and flies become still-lifes, her Memento Mori. Since 2007 Silverthorne has been making a functional rubber crate for each sculpture that, upon reaching its destination and contents unpacked, becomes part of the exhibition. In the end, her work is quiet and poignant, counterpoints to the severity of Male Formalism: Serra, Judd, and Andre. Her subjects are imbued with humility and materiality.

Jeanne Silverthorne received a BA and an MA from Temple University. For over two decades she showed at the respected McKee Gallery up to David and Renee McKee’s retirement in 2015. Her one-person museum exhibits include PS1, New York, the ICA Philadelphia, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C and Whitney Museum, New York. In 2017, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is included in many major museum collections, including MoMA, New York; MFA Houston, SFMOMA, CA and the Whitney Museum in New York. In October 2017 she exhibited at The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA. Jeanne Silverthorne currently teaches at School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York and is represented by MARC STRAUS.

Artworks

14

Wile E. Coyote (With Breasts), Studio Floor, Overgrowth, 2019 - 2020

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Art of the 2020s / Artist's Studio / Autobiographical Approach / Contemporary American Art / Craftsmanship / Eco-Friendly Attitude / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Flowers/Plants/Trees / Found Objects / Human and Nature / Human Nature/Existence / Humor and Satire / Life and Death / Light/Lightings / Materiality and Immateriality / Mixed Media Art / Mixed Media Sculpture / Nature / Philosophical Approach / Platinum Silicone Rubber / Relationship Between / Rubber / Sculpture / Silicone Rubber / Skull / Styrofoam / Theatricality / Visibility/Invisibility / Women Artists / Wooden Sculpture

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2010

    Post-graduate studies with Prof. Ralf Kerbach, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (2008-2010)

  • 2008

    Studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Diploma (2002-2008)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020

    What is Real?, German Consulate General, New York

  • Solo Exhibition, LIGHTS, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2018

    Group Exhibition, EXISTENZ, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Germany

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Nomination for Edward Steichen Award Luxemburg

  • 2014

    Aufenthaltsstipendium Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf

  • 2013

    Sachsen-Art 2013, Preis fuer junge Kunst in Sachsen

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Education

  • 2010

    Post-graduate studies with Prof. Ralf Kerbach, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (2008-2010)

  • 2008

    Studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Diploma (2002-2008)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020

    What is Real?, German Consulate General, New York

  • Solo Exhibition, LIGHTS, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2018

    Group Exhibition, EXISTENZ, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Germany

  • Solo Exhibition, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2016

    Solo Exhibition, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • If Only Bella Abzug Were Here, Group Show, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2015

    SPECTRUM ONE / on canvas, Galerie Eigenheim, Berlin

  • SACHSEN-ART Preistraegerausstellung 2002-2013, Neuer Saechsischer Kunstverein, Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, POSITIONS BERLIN Art Fair, EMMANUEL POST contemporary art, Berlin

  • The Solo Project, EMMANUEL POST contemporary art, Basel

  • JUNISALON: Abzocke ohne anzuecken, Oktogon der Hochschule fuer ildende Kuenste Dresden, Dresden

  • RAUMZEUG Kunstverein Trier Junge Kunst, Trier

  • Winker Alphabet, Drei Ringe, Leipzig

  • 2014

    Salon Anastasia, Studio Nihil Baxter, Berlin

  • Solo Exhibition, Extending Blue, Galerie Emmanuel Post, Berlin

  • Stipendiatenausstellung, Schloss Wiepersdorf, Wiepersdorf

  • 2013

    Farbe konkret, Galerie 2. Stock, Neues Rathaus Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, Andere Raeume, Preistraegerausstellung Sachsen-Art 2013, Galerie Mitte, Dresden

  • IN YOUR FACE #2, Augsburg

  • 2012

    Solo Exhibition, MESS (kuratiert von /curated byMathias Wagner), Galerie Grafikladen, Dresden

  • 100 Saechsische Grafiken, Neue Saechsische Galerie Chemnitz

  • 2011

    Solo Exhibition, Hegenbarth-Stipendiaten, Staedtische Galerie, Dresden

  • WIN/WIN, Ankaeufe der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig und Vertretung des Landes Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin

  • 2010

    Solo Exhibition, Malerei und Collagen, Galerie Ines Schulz, Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, Malerei, GalerieLeo.Coppi, Berlin

  • Alle gegen Kerbach, Galerie Zanderkasten, Dresden

  • 2009

    Junge Kunst, Kunstausstellung Kuehl, Dresden

  • 2008

    revue 08, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, neue raeume, Koloni, Dresden

  • Diplomausstellung, Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste Dresden

  • linientreu, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • 2007

    Junge Kunst, Kunstausstellung Kuehl, Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, ff, Kabinett Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • Qiao, Ausstellung Klasse Kerbach /exhibition of the Kerbach class, Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China

  • Eine.r für Alle, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Nomination for Edward Steichen Award Luxemburg

  • 2014

    Aufenthaltsstipendium Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf

  • 2013

    Sachsen-Art 2013, Preis fuer junge Kunst in Sachsen

  • 2010

    Hegenbarth-Stipendium der Dresdner Stiftung Kunst & Kultur der Ostsaechsischen Sparkasse Dresden

  • 2006

    Sokrates-Erasmus-Stipendium an der Akademie Výtvarných Uméní, Prague

  • Vertreten in zahlreichen nationalen und internationalen Privatsammlungen

Collections

  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

  • Kunstfonds, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

  • Kunstsammlung des Saechsischen Landtages

  • Kunstsammlung der Ostsaechsischen Sparkasse Dresden

  • Neue Saechsische Galerie Chemnitz

  • Staedtische Galerie Dresden – Kunstsammlung

Publications

  • 2015

    Anna Leonhardt:RAUMZEUG, EMMANUEL POST books, Berlin

  • 2013

    KUNST|BILANZ, Ostsaechsische Sparkasse Dresden

  • 2012

    100 Saechsische Grafiken, Neue Saechsische Galerie Chemnitz

  • SIMULTAN, Malerei und Collagen, Eva-Maria Kuss Verlag, Augsburg

  • #03 SALZ Edition|Dummy, Kuenstlerbuch, SALZ-Verlag, Podrosche

  • MOTTE 1, Kuenstlerbuch, SALZ-Verlag, Podrosche

  • 2008

    Diplomkatalog, Die Verlagsgesellschaft

  • Linientreu, Zeichnungen, Die Verlagsgesellschaft