Fiona Banner

Fiona Banner– “Snoopy Vs The Red Baron” she says about the work   “Snoopy is the star character in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts. As well as being a pet beagle and an aspiring novelist, Snoopy is a World War I flying ace. In this latter incarnation he wants to both become the Red Baron, and kill him. The Baron however, exists only in his mind: a heroicised representation of fear.  In The complete text of Snoopy’s Novel the image of Snoopy appears in the centre of The Baron’s Family crest. Behind this is the absurd, hubristic text of Snoopy’s novel.
The title of this series references the 1966 pop hit Snoopy Vs The Red Baron. Shortly after The Baron first appeared in Schultz’s cartoon, the Florida based band The Royal Guardsmen, released their song and Snoopy’s owners promptly sued.  In 2012 banner staged a performance of Snoopy Vs The Red Baron in The Welsh Chapel, London.
In this work the image and words are somehow defiled. They allude to the acts of unmaking and destruction, as much as the creative act, examining how we mythologize ourselves and our histories and how we are seduced by the myths of our own creation. Banner references the combative relations not only between Snoopy and his nemeses, but also the heavy handed copyright issues surrounding creative ownership” 

- SNOOPY VS THE RED BARRON

Snoopy is the star character in Charles M.Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts. As well as being a pet beagle and an aspiring novelist, Snoopy is a World War I flying ace. In this latter incarnation he wants to both become the Red Baron, and kill him.
The Baron however, exists only in his mind: a heroicised representation of fear.  In The complete text of Snoopy’s Novel the image of Snoopy appears in the centre of The Baron’s Family crest. Behind this is the absurd, hubristic text of Snoopy’s novel.  The title of this series references the 1966 pop hit Snoopy Vs The Red Baron. Shortly after The Baron first appeared in Schultz’s cartoon, the Florida based band The Royal Guardsmen, released their song and Snoopy’s owners promptly sued.  In 2012 Banner staged a performance of Snoopy Vs The Red Baron in The Welsh Chapel, London.
This work alludes to the acts of unmaking and destruction, as much as the creative act, examining how we mythologize ourselves and our histories and how we are seduced by the myths of our own creation. Banner references the combative relations not only between Snoopy and his nemeses, but also the heavy handed copyright issues surrounding creative ownership.
Born in 1966, Banner obtained an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002, Exhibitions  include ‘Snoopy Vs The Red Baron’, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. September 11, MoMA PS1, New York. Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London. Harrier and Jaguar, Duveens Commission, Tate Britain.

 

Not predictable, never outgunned, Fiona Banner completed her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 1993. Recent exhibitions include ‘Snoopy Vs The Red Baron’, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. September 11, MoMA PS1, New York. Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London. Harrier and Jaguar, Duveens Commission, Tate Britain.  

 

Her works include significant public artworks and playful pieces – a boat moored on top of the South Bank Centre, live-action nude paintings and her interest in registering ISBN numbers for non-existent books with the British Library. She has registered herself as an ISBN (“It is a sort of portrait,” said Banner). She founded The Vanity Press and is popularly known for works that interrogate the written word, military hardware and human form – often with great sensitivity. She said: ‘Every life drawing, good or bad, is like a gravestone, an attempt to make permanent that which is always passing, an attempt to seize what we can't hold.'

 

She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002.   

 

Fiona Banner is represented by Frith Street Gallery (London) and Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin).

2012

Unboxing, The Greatest Film Never Made (solo show),  1301PE, Los Angeles
Text in Process, RH Gallery, New York
So to Speak, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, New York
Neon, Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue? La Maison Rouge, Paris

2011

Snoopy Vs The Red Baron  (solo show), Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Vis A Vis, Rossi Contemporary, Brussels
Alice in Wonderland, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Dance/Draw, ICA, Boston
September 11, MoMA PS1, New York
Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield, London
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing MoMA, New York
Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London
Everything in Time, The Center for Book Arts, New York

2010

The Naked Ear (solo show), Frith Street Gallery, London
Harrier and Jaguar (solo show), Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2010, Tate Britain, London
Tornado (solo show), Co-commission by Locus+ and Great North Run Culture, 2010, Newcastle
 DLA Pipe Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool
Nothing is Forever, South London Gallery, London
 After the Volcano, Frith Street Gallery, London
Sommerausstellung 2010, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London

 

For a more extensive list of Fiona Banner's past exhibitions click here.

Interview coming soon.

Fiona Banner's Website

 

The Guardian

 

Adrian Searle- Fiona Banner's toys for boys are a turn on at Tate Britain The Guardian (28th June 2010)

 

Laura Barnett- Fiona Banner: fight and flight, The Guardian(21st June 2010)

 

Fiona Banner- Art stripped back- Fiona Banner on the nude The Guardian (8th April 2009) 

 

Michael Herbert- Fighting Talk, Tate Etc., Issue 19, (Summer 2010)

 

Patricia Bickers- Tooth and Claw,  Art Monthly, July 2010

 

Lorena Munos-Alonso, Fiona Banner, Harrier and Jaguar, This Is Tomorrow (10th August 2010)

 

Astrova- ‘Fiona Banner’ (Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin). Critic's Choice, Art Forum (June 2011)

 

Fiona Banner - Snoopy Vs The Red Baron

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