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Title
Break Point
Artist
Fiona Banner
Date
1998
Dimensions
sheet 71.625 × 96.75 inches
Materials
screenprint on paper
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Prints (Edition Prints/Proofs)
Accession Number
1999.7.1-.2
Edition
2/10
Physical Description
A print composed entirely of text, printed in red.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1999

object label Fiona Banner, Break Point (1998) Walker Art Center, 2000

Fiona Banner is a British artist whose work focuses on the intersection of language, culture, and recent history. She has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, but is best known for making handwritten and printed texts that re-create an event through description, forming a visual environment. These “wordscapes” retell sequences from the world of cinema (such as her investigations of Apocalypse Now and The French Connection) or from actual events (such as the lunar landing of July 1969 and the 1974 George Foreman/Muhammad Ali fight).

Break Point revisits the chase scenes from Kathryn Bigelow’s cult film Point Break (1991) in Banner’s characteristic play-by-play style. The size and shape of the large paper on which the text is printed echo the proportions of a movie screen, while the printed words themselves, which become more condensed and frenzied as the chase progresses, finally appear to crash at the bottom.

Label text for Fiona Banner, Break Point (1998), from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

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