May 26, 2005 - Whitney Museum of American Art - Banks Violette
May 26, 2005

Banks Violette

Banks Violette, Untitled (work in progress), 2005. Bonded salt, salt, polyurethane, polymer medium, ash, epoxy, wood, galvanized steel, and steel hardware, sound by Snorre Ruch, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist; courtesy Team Gallery, New York. Photograph by Oren Slor. © Banks Violette.

Banks Violette: Untitled 
May 27-October 2, 2005

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
1-800-WHITNEY

www.whitney.org

The Whitney has commissioned Banks Violette, whose work was featured in the 2004 Biennial, to create a new project for his first single-artist museum exhibition. The work, a multi-media sculptural installation with a sound component, re-imagines the romantic sublime via narratives drawn from popular culture. The sound component is a piece of music written by Snorre Ruch, part of an insular music subculture called Black Metal, whose ethos embraced nihilism, theatrical morbidity, aggression and violence. The central sculptural component evokes a minimalist representation of the ruined skeleton of a church, a reference to the romantic iconography of such painters as Caspar David Friedrich and to an image drawn from a Black Metal album cover. Cast in salt, the ghost-like church skeleton, a familiar image of romantic decay, is reinvested with meaning both through the formal seduction of the piece and the viewers interaction with it in the space.

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