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Fiona Banner’s work centers on the problems and possibilities of language, both written and metaphorical. Her work encompasses text, sculpture, drawing and installation. She became known for her early written transcriptions of Hollywood war films such as Top Gun and Apocalypse Now. From these ‘wordscapes’ to her use of found and transformed military aircraft, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing a complete cycle of intimacy, attraction and alienation.

Fiona Banner
Nein Fahrt, 2020
Woll Carpet
140 x 200 cm
28.000 GBP excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
I Blade, 2019
Merlin Helicopter tail blade, mixed media
75,5 x 32 x 46 cm
32.000 GBP excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
Cooper Black, Herculanum, Slipstream, Orator (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
20 x 29 cm
3.000 EUR excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
Geneva, Luminari (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
29,5 x 37,5 cm
4.000 EUR excl. VAT

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Shrink wrapped for transit this aircraft, usually used for transporting loads, itself becomes a transported load. The CH-46 and Chinook helicopters are a reoccurring motif in Banner’s work. The name, Chinook, comes from the Native American People of modern-day Washington state and the phenomenal Chinook winds of North America.

Banner makes a play with wind created and emitted by the body and the massive downdraft created by helicopter blades in flight, using the semantic slippage between the German word ‘Fahrt‘ and English ‘Fart’, as in passing wind.

The double-bladed Chinook helicopter is an engineering phenomenon. Visually it is a contradiction; it looks clumsy and prehistoric, and yet is able to perform the most extraordinary aerodynamic function. Inextricably linked to the Vietnam conflict, today the aircraft are associated with saving lives as much as combat. Banner has long been interested in this strangely anthropomorphic pushme-pullme beast, and over the years has revisited it through various works.

Nein Fahrt, 2020. Dimensions variable

Fiona Banner
France, so near yet so far: Garamond, Bordeaux, Birch Standard, Charlemagne (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
29,7 x 37,7 cm
4.000 EUR excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
Chalkboard, Johnston (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
24,5 x 34,3 cm
4.000 EUR excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
Century Italic, Cooper Black Italic, American Typewriter (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
24,6 x 33,2 cm
4.000 EUR excl. VAT

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Fiona Banner
Bookman, Myriad Pro, Brushscript Italic (From the series: Full Stop Seascape), 2019
Graphite on paper
22,6 x 31,7 cm
3.000 EUR excl. VAT

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