NOWNESS: Banks Violette – Vinyl Aesthetics
New York installation artist Banks Violette reveals the D.I.Y. ethos shaping his works in this rare interview at his motorcycle and bowling alley-dominated studio in filmmaker Matt Black’s latest short. Referencing ’60s minimalist sculptors Richard Serra and Robert Smithson, Violette structures sheet metal, vinyl, flight cases and fluorescent neon bulb chandeliers into empty, stage-like scenes exploring social entropy. Mixing high-gloss production with dark themes, Violette’s works twist iconic pop and subcultural imagery to expose the nostalgic echoes underscoring them, such as his ethereal looped projection of a galloping white horse invoking Tristar’s Pegasus from ’80s VHS movie credits. Watch as he describes his process above.