Fiona Banner’s exhibitions Nude and Parade will run simultaneously in two locations. Banner is known for her `wordscapes’ – epic, unedited verbal descriptions of war and porn films.
In the gallery space at 313 West 4, Banner reinvents the Nude. In a subversion of traditional life drawing, she describes the female human figure in words. Whether hand-written on paper or etched onto parts of fighter planes, her nudes are both vulnerable and startlingly direct. Large in scale, the drawings are a new step in the history of the nude.
Parade is Banner’s installation at 462 Greenwich St., a large Tribeca warehouse. Banner has painstakingly constructed 1,759 models – one of every type of fighter plane currently in service anywhere in the world. Devoid of paints and markings that might define a nationality, the models hang from the ceiling as one force.
Banner is represented in various collections in the US and abroad including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum; The Arts Council of England; Tate Gallery, London; and the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis. She was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2003. Later this year she will have solo shows in London and Los Angeles.