From the Ferryman’s Notebook
Opening: Friday, May 1, 2015, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: May 2 – June 21, 2015
Wed – Sat 11 am – 6 pm, and by appointment
»From the Ferryman’s Notebook« is the first solo show in Germany in twenty years by the Honolulu-born American Jeffrey Silverthorne (*1946). His photographic oeuvre captivates with its pointed depiction of existential life matters: identity, gender, love, violence, sexuality, and death. In a confrontation with antique dramas and in the context of the painterly tradition, a comprehensive oeuvre, that enjoys international recognition, has arisen over the decades.
The exhibition presents a selection of three series of works whose artistic origins partly go back to the 1960s. The series »Silent Fires« interprets the saga of Orpheus and Eurydice in a theatrical manner. Embedded in this background story that is arranged in numerous individual black and white photographs are scenes of the »black man« whose character is known from fairy tales and is regarded as ambivalent.
The »Sandwich« series comprises black and white as well as color photographs in different formats. The term sandwich refers to the analoge technique that combines two negatives or slides and prints them as one image which leads to simultaneous repre-sentations of different realities overlapping each other. By means of this double ex-posure the artist repeatedly replays the constitutive themes of his works. He attains pictorial inventions with contradictory contents that are to some extent unsettling and traumatic but inherently conclusive.
Since 2004, Jeffrey Silverthorne has been working on the subject of »age« respectively »aging« – be it with the background of the old testament story of »Susanna and the Elders« or freely choreographed scenes that seem to derive from a comedy. The series »Growing Older« assembles numerous facets of the lust and load of aging in a growing number of images charged with irony and self irony as well as melancholy.
Silverthorne’s works are part of the collections of the following institutions: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Kunsthalle Basel, as well as the Fotomuseum in Antwerp.
Until June, 6, 2015 Fotomuseum in Antwerp is showing the Silverthorne retrospective: »The Precision of Silence«.