October 18, 2011

Banks Violette "Nine Patriotic Hymns For Children" at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Banks Violette

Nine Patriotic
For Children

20 October — 19 November 2011
Opening in the presence of the artist on Thursday, October 20th from 7pm to 9pm.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of works on paper by New York artist, Banks Violette.

Banks Violette is most well known for his sculptures and large-scale installations that often explore subcultural communities, in a stark, enigmatic yet minimal aesthetics. Violetteʼs references to different subcultures or other real-life stories of the dark side of American culture are often hidden behind the more formal aspects of the work.

The viewer, who engages in a theatrical relationship to the installations – often made of metal, mirror, neon, varnish and glass – is also charged with unearthing an array of uneasy truths contained in the sculpture.

For this exhibition, Violette has borrowed the title, Nine Patriotic Hymns for Children, from the 1991 LP of American hardcore punk band, Born Against, known for their radical leftist politics. The graphite drawings, presented on the first floor of the gallery, develop many of the themes already present in his oeuvre, namely ideas of violence, destruction, excess, loss and despair. The work titled Pick Your King/Amphetamine Overlord (2011) is a portrait of Jesus taken from hardcore punk band Poison Ideaʼs front cover album, which featured another “king”, Elvis Presley on the back cover.

A completely new aspect of Violetteʼs work comprises giving a sculptural dimension to his drawings by creating hand-made frames, whilst other drawings will be mounted on sheets of aluminum and propped against the wall.

Banks Violette was born in 1973 in Ithaca, New York; he lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his MFA from Columbia University in 2000 and previously studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Paris : 7 rue Debelleyme
75003 Paris, France
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