Banks Violette 'Nine Patriotic Hymns for Children'
October 20 - November 19, 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. He has had important solo exhibitions including the Museum of Modern
Art in Fort Worth, Texas (2008); the Kunsthalle in Bergen, Norway (2007); and the Whitney
Museum of American Art in New York (2005). He has also participated in major group shows at
the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Palais de Tokyo in 2008. And in 2006, at the
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich; the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt; the Royal
Academy of Arts in London and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
For further information regarding the exhibition, please contact
Dr. Arne Ehmann or Victoire de Pourtalès.