Fiona Banner - Jane's

High definition digital film projection, 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Fiona Banner - Jane's

High definition digital film projection, 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Fiona Banner - Sleep

Hand engraved stone, 2009. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Fiona Banner - Sleep

Hand engraved stone, 2009. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jane's

High definition digital film projection, Duration: 11.42 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery

This film brings together two important strands of Banner’s works: her enquiries into the nature of books and publishing and her fascination with planes and aerial warfare.

Fred T. Jane founded the annual series All the World’s Aircraft in 1909 when flying machines, which had seemed so far-fetched, were beginning to move from fantasy to reality. The film Jane’s documents multiple unsuccessful attempts to stack and make a single 4m high column of the artist’s complete collection of the yearly manuals, suggesting a parody of sculpture making.

Fiona Banner

Fiona Banner is a British sculptor and conceptual artist. Her practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, bookmaking and performance. She has often returned to language and its physical form, from creating sculptural full-stops which literally punctuate gallery spaces to huge wall drawings describing in words everything from popular films to The Battle of Hastings. Later works use military airplane parts and even whole fighter planes: instruments of war that the artist sees as the result of language's failure. For the last few years Banner has been working with neon sign makers, creating her own hand-made neon pieces dealing with the alphabet and punctuation in a pictorial way. Using neon tubes has led the artist to think about glass, its possibilities and limits.

Fiona Banner was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in prominent international venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Hayward Gallery, London. In 2011, her installation Harrier and Jaguar at Tate Britain in London, in which she installed two fighter jets in the museum's neo-classical Duveen Galleries, was the most visited exhibition in the UK that year. Banner is represented in significant collections around the world, including Tate, Arts Council England, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Recent solo exhibitions include Wp Wp Wp at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2014 and Scroll Down and Keep Scrolling, at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 2015, also shown at Kunsthalle Nuremberg.

www.fionabanner.com