Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer’s elaborately layered installations have taken inspiration from sources as various as Life magazine, Walt Whitman, and Frank Zappa. Returning to SFAI for the first time since attending in the early 1990s, Farmer is currently preparing to represent Canada in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Farmer's recent tour de force Leaves of Grass (2012), a major installation which assembled a monumental (124-foot-long) historical menagerie of clippings from vintage Life magazines, earned significant acclaim at dOCUMENTA (13).
Recent solo exhibitions include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2016); How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth, Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, Pérez Art Museum Miami (2014); Hamburg Kunstverein (2014); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2013); Nottingham Contemporary (2013); Every day needs an urgent whistle blown into it, Art Gallery of Ontario (2014); The Grass and Banana go for a walk, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2014); Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013) and The Surgeon and the Photographer, Barbican Centre, London (2013). He has also had solo exhibitions at REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011); Walter Philips Gallery, Banff (2010); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); The Drawing Room, London, UK (2007) and the Power Plant, Toronto (2005).
Recent group exhibitions include Objects do things, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2016); A Brief History of the Future, The Louvre, Paris (2015); Luminato Festival, Toronto (2015); Steirischer Herbst Festival of New Art, Graz, Austria (2015); Shine a Light, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2014); Puppet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2013); Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stadt Fellbach, Germany (2013); dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Stage Presence, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2012); The Garden of Forking Paths, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2011) and the Istanbul Biennial (2011).
Let’s Make The Water Turn Black, 2013
Multimedia installation; Dimensions variable
Photograph by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery