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Work III

Work III

Glass, 2014. Commissioned in part by Meadow Arts,

Courtesy Frith Street Gallery.

"I spend a lot of time up scaffold towers during the making of large wall drawings, so the experience of being high up on a scaffold is intimately associated with process, the tension between the idea of the work and the completion of the work; between something not existing and existing, it's a kind of fantasy space, it is a precarious moment. When the scaffold is gone I always miss it".

Similarly the reality of art itself is often temporary - it is put up, installed, then stored or erased. Work 1 echoes the lean yet unintentional aesthetics of this structure, which combines maximum strength, with maximum temporality. Banner toys with the sense of vertigo embedded within such an architectural object, one which can morph and adjust to its given context or required function of physically lifting us from the ground.

By using glass to build that which is meant to support, Banner compounds the inherent fragility of the very medium she is using. Through it she provides us with a structure that plays at a game of opposites - it is present yet implies an absence, solid while also remaining transparent. A scaffold is a form that is associated with the preparation of an exhibition, the making of an artwork, yet it is always removed before the opening. Here the scaffold becomes the sculpture, the major exhibit itself.

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