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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 (b. 1950, Philadelphia, US) received a BA and an MA from Temple University. For over two decades she showed at the respected David McKee Gallery up to their retirement in 2015. Her one-person museum exhibits include PS1, New York, the ICA Philadelphia, 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.

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Selected Works
2017
Platinum silicone rubber,
Dimensions and arrangement variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Trash Can with Broken Wood and Nails

2017
Platinum silicone rubber,
Dimensions and arrangement variable

2016
Platinum silicone rubber, Metallic pigment
37 x 26 x 26 inches (94 x 66 x 66 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Wrapped Task Chair

2016
Platinum silicone rubber, Metallic pigment
37 x 26 x 26 inches (94 x 66 x 66 cm)

2008 - 2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent pigment
Dimensions and arrangement variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Hanging Light Bulb with Shade

2008 - 2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent pigment
Dimensions and arrangement variable

2016
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent & Fluorescent pigment
12.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches (31.8 x 36.8 x 12.7 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Fleurs du Mal

2016
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent & Fluorescent pigment
12.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches (31.8 x 36.8 x 12.7 cm)

2015
Rubber, Phosphorescent Pigment
18.5 x 13.5 x 7 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Two Sunflowers

2015
Rubber, Phosphorescent Pigment
18.5 x 13.5 x 7 inches

2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Invisible ink, Acid-free paper
Box: 9 x 17 x 13 inches (22..9 x 43.2 x 33 cm)
Light Bulb arrangement variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rubber 'Cardboard' Box (Red Tape) with Invisible Text

2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Invisible ink, Acid-free paper
Box: 9 x 17 x 13 inches (22..9 x 43.2 x 33 cm)
Light Bulb arrangement variable

2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent pigment
25 x 38 x 19 inches (63.5 x 96.5 x 48.3 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Poppy Juice

2017
Platinum silicone rubber, Phosphorescent pigment
25 x 38 x 19 inches (63.5 x 96.5 x 48.3 cm)

2012
Platinum silicone rubber, thread, wood
11.375 x 40 x 16 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Floor with Roots

2012
Platinum silicone rubber, thread, wood
11.375 x 40 x 16 inches

2014
Platinum silicone rubber
Dimensions and arrangement variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Suicidal Sunflower

2014
Platinum silicone rubber
Dimensions and arrangement variable

2010
platinum silicone rubber, wire
13.5 x 25 x 13 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Studio Floor with Dandelions and Bee

2010
platinum silicone rubber, wire
13.5 x 25 x 13 inches

2011
Platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, thread, wire
24.25 x 20.5 x 5 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Knothole

2011
Platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, thread, wire
24.25 x 20.5 x 5 inches

2009
Motor, platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, wood
45 x 17 x 17 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rubber Plant with Drip

2009
Motor, platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, wood
45 x 17 x 17 inches

2009
Rubber
36 x 26 x 26 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Task Chair

2009
Rubber
36 x 26 x 26 inches

2011
Platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment
28 x 26 x 9 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rolled-up Floor with Dandelion

2011
Platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment
28 x 26 x 9 inches

2007
Rubber, phosphorescent pigment
Dimensions Variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
DNA Candelabra (showing the beginning genetic sequences for depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, and panic)

2007
Rubber, phosphorescent pigment
Dimensions Variable

2005
Kinetic rubber sculpture
Dimensions Variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pneuma Machine (in daylight and glowing in the dark)

2005
Kinetic rubber sculpture
Dimensions Variable

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