Artist Talk by Geoffrey Farmer
March 10, 2015 – 6pm to 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre 136 ARTlab
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, in partnership with The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Art Department, is pleased to present a talk by visiting artist Geoffrey Farmer. The talk will take place on Tuesday, March 10th at 6PM in Room 136 ARTlab, at the University of Manitoba. The event is free and all are welcome.
Geoffrey Farmer mines popular culture to create hybrid arrays of sculpture, collage, video, ﬁlm, performance and text. Often working site-speciﬁcally and with cues from literature, theatre and cinema, his meticulously constructed stage-set installations pivot on the capacity of social and cultural histories to prompt an active engagement with the construction of meaning. Since his exhibition debut in “6: New Vancouver Modern” at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in 1997, Farmer’s work has garnered critical attention both nationally and internationally via exhibitions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York. His 2012 installation Leaves of Grass assembled a monumental (124-foot-long) historical menagerie of clippings from vintage Life magazines, earning signiﬁcant acclaim at dOCUMENTA (13). Farmer received a 2003 VIVA Award, a 2008 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award and the 2011 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Art Award.
‘Leaves of Grass,’ 2012, at Documenta 13. (Photo by Anders Sune Berg/Casey Kaplan)