Jeanne Silverthorne's sculptures, along with the modernist still lifes from the collection with which they are interspersed, are vanitas-meditations on the brevity of life. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects "Intersections" suggest new relationships. On march 2 Wolfgang Laib presents a site-specific, permanent wax room.
Intersections: Jeanne Silverthorne
About the Installation
Silverthorne uses rubber to create floral reliefs and objects typically found in an artist’s studio. Her sculptures, along with the modernist still lifes from the collection with which they are interspersed, are vanitas—meditations on the brevity of life.
Intersections is a new series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.
Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.
Intersections is supported by Phillips International Forum members.
The wax room commissioned in summer 2012 from acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Laib (b. 1950) opens March 2, 2013. Lined with fragrant beeswax and illuminated by a single bare light bulb, the chamber accommodating one to two people will be the first permanent installation at the Phillips since the Rothko Room in 1960. The artist will install the work in a space he helped select in the original Phillips house.
The Phillips Laib Wax Room is the first the artist has conceived of and created for a specific museum. With walls and ceiling coated in beeswax and a concrete floor, this echoing, cocoon-like chamber will offer a personal, meditative encounter that is expected to be immediate and intense.
Image: Jeanne Silverthorne, DNA Candelabra, 2007
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