Before her 1998 Tate Britain exhibition, leading British conceptual artist and sculptor Fionna Banner (born in 1966 in Merseyside, UK) was most well known for her "wordscapes", large-scale text works that recount the plots of feature films and other events. Her use of the visually numbing, barely legible text echoes the desensitizing feeling produced by many feature films and the fictionalizing devices used to frame historical events.… Read more
About the artwork
In Fiona Banner's hands, periods or full stops become abstract geometric sculptures, each containing their own highly individual characteristics. Table Stops is a collection of seven ceramic full stops each taken from a different computer font: Klang, Slipstream, Avant Garde, Nuptial, Formata, Optical and Courier. Though each appears to be a very different size and shape, they are all enlarged to the same scale. To Banner, Table Stops are abstract points of focus. Like tableware, or executive toys, they are to be handled and moved around—the art of arranging and rearranging them enacting a silent conversation.