Monica Banks: WireworksApril 6 – June 1, 1991
Monica Banks: Wireworks presents the work of a young artist who uses wire and found objects as her primary materials. An industrial and graphic designer who lives and works in New York, Banks has produced a body of sculptural work reminiscent of the witty and whimsical style of Alexander Calder. Rendered with an economy of line, her three-dimensional "portraits" in wire describe an assortment of human expressions. The artist incorporates found objects--plastic fish, toy soldiers, dried flowers--as the salient facial features of her characters adding to their already humorous quality. Hung in pairs or groups, the sculptures bob and turn with the barely detectable air currents of the room, creating the illusion of animated conversations to which we are not privy. This is the artist's first university gallery exhibition.