October 23, 2010 – I recently ventured back into the world of blogging with a little tumblr site. This blog serves as “a place to document this and that, a glimpse into the research that drives my studio practice, and an archive of ideas and inspirations…” Check it out at silverthorne.tumblr.com.
October 10, 2010 – I am honored to be selected as one of the 2011 Artist Fellows by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH). DCCAH will be announcing the 2011 grantees at the National Arts & Humanities Month Grand Fete on October 21st at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. As part of the event, there will also be an exhibition of work by the 2011 Artist Fellows. The show runs from October 21st – October 31st.
September 12, 2010 – I had a great time teaching the Street Photography summer intensive at Maine College of Art this summer. Feel free to view photographs from the class online at www.mainestreetphotography.com. I’m back in the classroom this fall teaching a Basic Photography course at the University of District of Columbia.
June 16, 2010 – Be sure to check out June’s ART(202) Journal featuring the 32 artists to receive the 2010 Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
May 27, 2010 – Nicholas Schroeder reviews the 2010 Maine College of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition in The Portland Phoenix:
Encompassing a broad range of themes, media, and levels of participation, each set of works in this year’s Maine College of Art exhibition by nine thesis-level Master’s of Fine Arts students achieves its own world and requires a separate toolkit to process and unpack.
The 16 pillars in the Congress Street window gallery belong to “Ten Miles Square,” Alexandra Silverthorne’s photographic investigation of the topographic origins and evolution of the Washington DC boundary. In an accompanying book of photographs laid accordion-style, Silverthorne exhaustively captures the present-day life seen from each of the 40 sandstone markers that have delineated DC since 1792. With each page offering four photographs taken from each marker, Silverthorne constructs a bioecological negative image of how the stones regard the capital, emphasizing quotidian existence over political boundary.
April 13, 2010 – I recently published my MFA thesis:
Interested in the ever-changing nature of space and place, I use photography as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. By presenting a review of my own recent projects, as well as a brief investigation into the ideas and terms that have influenced these projects, this thesis situates my practice within the framework of this conceptual language. Especially attracted to theories of perception, presence, and disorientation in relation to how we experience space, this thesis focuses on my most recent project, Ten Miles Square. By using the original boundary stones of Washington, DC as a starting point, Ten Miles Square challenges common notions of the capital city by highlighting the everyday, lived perspective of local residents.
Visit the Books page to order a copy today.
April 2, 2010 – I will be teaching a week-long street photography course in July at MECA in Portland, ME. Visit the MECA website for more information (and to register).
March 26, 2010 – Ten Miles Square, a new project, will be installed at The Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA in Portland, ME as part of the 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The show opens Friday, May 7th and is up till June 6th.