Study #13 looks in depth at the work Every Word Unmade: a series of 26 metre-high neon letters, together comprising an upper-case alphabet, hand made by artist Fiona Banner in 2007. This first presentation of Every Word Unmade in London is accompanied by a selection of Banner’s works using light and language.
Image: Fiona Banner, Every Word Unmade, 2007, detail in Fiona Banner studio in 2006. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist
“I was thinking about a kind of unmaking of language. As if you could make every word, or story imaginable, from these 26 letters. All the potential is there, but none of the words. The fragile wobbly letters, a byproduct of incrementally, inexpertly bending the glass – then the electrical circuit pumping the gas through, make it like one big, constant stutter”…words about to be made or unmade. Fiona Banner, 2007.
Image: Fiona Banner, Every Word Unmade, 2007, installation view at Power Plant, Toronto in 2007. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist
A new text by writer Emily King studying the work is commissioned for the exhibition. Previous Studies include works by Victor Man, Carole Bove, Bruce McLean, Martin Boyce, Boyle Family, Michael Simpson, Yto Barrada, Sterling Ruby, Ida Applebroog, Andreas Slominski and Etel Adnan.
DRAF is a non-profit independent organisation. Together with curators and writers, DRAF creates new spaces for artists to develop ideas and practices and a platform to share them with the public. Last year they worked with over 150 emerging and established artists and collaborators to deliver a programme of exhibitions, commissions, performances, events and research free to 12,000 visitors.
Lead image: Fiona Banner, Every Word Unmade (The Bastard Word), 2007, detail in Fiona Banner studio in 2005. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist
Fiona Banner: Study #13. Every Word Unmade – DRAF – 29 January to 5 March 2016.