Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press does not waste words in BAD REVIEW. Both deadpan and playful, Banner’s Leporello N° 03 uses images from her work Portrait of an Alphabet, 2009; a series of images made in a photo booth, reconfigured to read Bad Review.
The sudden flash disrupts the notion of privacy behind the curtain in the narrow booth, only just large enough to fit a small chair. The artist is shielded by the large scale typographic print-outs she holds up. Only slight details; a glitch here and parts of a hand there, reveals the process behind the work.
For Banner, often incorporating language and text in her work, the work can be seen as a form of self-portrait. A portrait of the artist as a typeface.
14,8 × 19,1 × 2,3 cm
Offset CMJN, leporello, 250 ex.
To coincide with the exhibition by Fiona Banner at Frith Street Gallery the artist has published a new book titled ‘PERIOD’, riffing on the American vernacular for the full stop – a title that links the gendering of objects and mediums, and language with the idea of cycles of time, the body, and specific historicals.
The full stops in this book have featured in works by Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press. They are each typeset in 1900 pt and positioned on the page according to the natural baseline of each font. The paintings are reproduced at 50% actual size. They are found paintings of ships at sea, that have been over-painted by Banner.
23,4 x 15,6
21 x 30