Ellen Banks: Musical Manifestations - Compositions in Wax, Paper, and Yarn
September 13 - October 30, 2011
Since 1981, Ellen Banks has been working exclusively from printed musical scores, transforming the formal elements of sheet music into textured artworks using wax, paper, and yarn. The actual songs and sounds, however, are not Banks's concern. Rather, it is the notations, the signs for sound that provide the basis for her colorful abstractions. By repurposing the musical score as an invitation to visual rather than sonic invention, Banks contemplates the ways that humans communicate through repeating symbolic patterns, how we think through signs that we see, hear, and feel. Curated by Kenneth Hartvigsen, Jan and Warren Adelson Fellow in American Art, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University. This exhibition runs September 13 through October 30, and a curator talk will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 4:00pm in the gallery. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public. Presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts.