Fiona Banner — Performance Nude

In stock
£37.00
OC6449
96pp
265 x 210 mm (10 x 8 inches)
Hardback with a limited edition photograph
70 colour illustrations
Text by Michael Bracewell and a conversation with Fiona Banner, Stewart Home, and Cosi Fanni Tutti
Published by Other Criteria
ISBN 978-1-904212-46-1
RRP £45

From ‘The Birth of Venus’ to art school classrooms across the globe, artists have, over time, employed life models in an attempt to capture the essence of the nude. As part of a project which took on various forms between 2006-2009, Performance Nude illustrates Banner's use of paint and line to portray her models; however, she renders them not in figurative gestures, but in words.

Straying further from traditional methods, she specifically uses ‘real’ women rather than practiced life models as her subject, choosing to capture the strain and tension created in the room by the presence of a novice. Whatever discomfort is revealed in the relationship is tested further by introducing an audience to the room and filming the scene for up to an hour. The effect is at times poetic, at others searching and critical. By portraying her nudes in this way, Banner questions the difference between looking and perceiving; the separation between experiencing something, and the language we use to understand it.
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