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Jacques Monory
Matthew Marks Gallery
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by Abraham Orden

It was a wise move for Banks Violette to have his double solo show at Team and Gladstone Gallery now, in the summer, June 28-Aug. 17, 2007. His hard-edged, hard-assed, paint-it-black work acts more immediately upon a viewer in flip-flops and jean shorts than on a person done up in dapper armor of winter layers. With Violette’s sharp points and heavy, suspended objects, one is careful where one steps, and the work’s aura is felt directly on the skin.