Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer’s work became known to a larger audience with his participation in Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, in 2012, where he presented the work Leaves of Grass, a large-scale collage installation with cutouts from issues of Life magazines (1935-85). In Switzerland, Geoffrey Farmers work art was first shown when he contributed to the project The Garden of Forking Paths, which was initiated by the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art.
Now he’s back with a solo exhibition produced especially for the Migros Museum, titled Let’s Make the Water Turn Black. The show borrows its title from a 1968 composition by Frank Zappa. The exhibition presents an improvised chronology of the American musician by an arrangement of choreographed kinetic sculptures on a stage.
Geoffrey Farmer was born in Vancouver in 1967. In 2011, he participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial. His work has been on display in numerous solo shows at REDCAT, Los Angeles, the Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (both 2011), and other venues, as well as the Witte de With, Rotterdam, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (both 2008). Geoffrey Farmer lives and works in Vancouver.
Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black / Migros Museum of Contemporary Art. Opening reception, May 22, 2013.
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Full-length video with an excerpt of the introduction by Heike Munder (Director, Migros Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst) (16:17 min.):