Banks Violette, American (1973 - )

Death metal, ritual murder, and teenage suicide are mere starting points for Banks Violette; his gothic installations construct operatic analyses of the dark side of American culture. In works such as Black Hole, Violette aptly portrays this phenomenon of excess. Heavy-metal aesthetics become a mirror of youth culture anxiety, an adopted language compensating and empowering sensations of immense sorrow and despair. Citing examples where musical lyrics become instigating factors to real-life violence, Violette refers to an over-identification with fiction where artistic expression exceeds critical confinement, and fantasy and reality are blurred. Black Hole lingers on this edge of transition: its aestheticised destruction offers both horrific contemplation and potential for misuse.

Banks Violette’s Hate Them replicates a nightmarish teenage psyche. His minimalist suggestion of a rock band hovers above a sound stage with barbaric awe. Bank’s gnarlish fang-like forms encapsulate a testosterone-fuelled aggression with an iconic and primal flair. Drawing correlations between subculture and theatre, Violette addresses Black Metal as a performative act without clear limitation: a unique spectacle where artistic meaning is often literalised into real belief. Fuelled by its associations with violence, satanism, racism, and nationalism, Violette uses the Goth genre as both symptom and cause of individual immorality and social breakdown.

1973 Born in Ithaca, New York
  Lives and works in New York

EDUCATION

2000

M.F.A., Columbia University, New York City
1998 B.F.A., School of the Visual Arts, New York City
1994-5 Tompkins Cortland Community College September
1993 General Equivalency Diploma

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006

Team Gallery, New York, NY
Maureen Paley, London

2005

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2003

LISTE, Basel, Switzerland, (under the auspices of Team Gallery)

2002

Team Gallery, New York City

2000

Team Gallery, New York City


TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2005

Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY

2004

MW Projects, London (with Nigel Shafran)
Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA, Penteholocaust/The Sixty-Sided Stone of the Androgyne (with Matt Greene)

2003

Team Gallery, New York, NY, An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which Excite Agreeable Sensations (1773): Slater Bradley & Banks Violette



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006

YerbaBuenaCenter for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Cosmic Wonder
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, Youth of Today

2005

Spruth Magers Projekte, Munich, Thank You for the Music
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, Bridge Freezes Before Road
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, La Beaute de l'Enfer: works on paper
P.S.1, New York, NY, Greater New York
Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria, Suburbia

2004

Team Gallery, New York, NY, The Ice Age
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, The Black Album
Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Beginning Here: 101 Ways
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Art and Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation
Roth Horowitz, New York, NY, Power, Corruption and Lies
alternative space, Paris, Noctambule
The WhitneyMuseum of American Art, New York, NY, The Whitney Biennial
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, Scream  

2003

Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Kult 48 Klubhouse
Michael Steinberg, New York, NY, Flesh and Blood
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, A Matter of Facts
Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, Back in Black
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, The Melvins
Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Gartnerhaus, Bregenz, Austria, The Return of the Creature (The Continuing Saga of Elementalism, ... Conceptual Practice and Romanticism After Robert Smithson, ... New Quasi-Cinemas, ... and Post-Punk Existentialism)

2001

AtlantaContemporaryArtCenter, Atlanta, GA, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
PPOW, New York City, Learned America
School of the Visual Arts, New York City

2000

Team Gallery, New York City, Summer with Friends
alternative space, Brooklyn, NY, Columbia University M.F.A. Exhibition

1999

Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Lowther and Banks Violette

1998

Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show

1997

Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show  
Lower East Side Community Center, New York, NY, MX Group Show

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