Banks Violette - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Max Wigram Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Max Wigram Gallery, Selected Sculpture, 10 June – 10 July, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Through his treatment of the sublime, Violette creates a new sacred realm, motivated not by monumentality but by the "Profane" realities of that arena. By focusing on the background elements - stages and screens, scaffolding and lighting- that facilitate an event but are largely invisible to the viewer, Violette recovers the "tricks" of stagecraft used to bracket the event of performance, in order to examine how such tricks condition a response. Violette's transubstanciation suggests that this staged moment of perfection / disappointment will perpetually recur; in a way, each of his works is, as he titled one piece, an "untitled model for a future disaster," which is more often than not unspecified and impossible to predict, but always inevitable, tracing the possibility of communion rather than its actual manifestation. (S. Momin, ‘A Glancing Mirror:The ObscureTotal Idea', BanksViolette, NewYork, 2005, p. 18).


Black Hole (Single Channel)

Epoxy resin, MDF, polyurethane, polystyrene, metal and a site specific wall drawing.
Sculpture: 45.7 x 213.4 x 214.4 cm. (18 x 84 x 84 1/2 in).
This work is unique.

£50,000 - 70,000 ≠ †

Sold for £91,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm