David Thorne is a politically engaged artist. He frequently collaborates with Los Angeles based artist Julia Meltzer to produce installations, photographs, and videos that raise questions about the uses of documents and their social, political, and affective impact.
Formerly working under the moniker The Speculative Archive, the artists’ collaborative activities from 1999 to 2003 examined the intersection of state secrecy, memory, and history. Newer works address the use of documents— ranging from images and texts to objects, people, and even physical structures—“to project and claim visions of the future,” according to the artists.
Thorne is he recipient of a 2007 Art Matters grant and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, and a 2004 recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. He completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. In spring 2006 David was a visiting artist at The Cooper Union in New York City. He collaborated with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, and Katya Sander on the project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War for documenta 12.
- ° 1960 Boston, Massachusetts (United States). Lives and works in Los Angeles.
- Argos Media Library
- Tim Etchells - Order Cannot Help You Now
- Julia Meltzer & David Thorne
- Passages. La photographie dans l’art vidéo contemporain
- Interstitial Zones. Historical Facts, Archaeologies of the Present and Dialectics of Seeing
- Look at Me – Facial Expression and the relation to Image and Identity
- argos @ 16th Line Gallery
- COM nu TIES seuils/drempels/thresholds - A duoshow with ISELP
At view in the media library
- epic (malhame)
- It’s not my memory of it: three recollected documents
- Not a matter of if but when: brief records of a time in which expectations were repeatedly raised and lowered and people grew exhausted from never knowing if the moment was at hand or still to come
- Take into the air my quiet breath
- We will live to see these things, or, five pictures of what may come to pass