Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Kingston Hall 201
As part of the Queen’s University Koerner Artist in Residence Programme there will be an illustrated public lecture by Geoffrey Farmer on his works on Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Kingston Hall, Room 201. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free. For more information on the Koerner Artist in Residence Program and the Fine Art Programme at Queen’s University, see www.queensu.ca/bfa.
Artist Presentation and Reception
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC) will present a Philosopher’s Café with Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Farmer, on evening of Thursday, October 18 at, at 7:00 pm. His presentation, titled, Factory Life: A Walking Tour of Leaves of Grass, will address his recent work in dOCUMENTA (13). A reception will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free. For more information on the AEAC, see www.aeac.ca.
Show & Tell Art Critique
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre will hold an event for artists in the Kingston area, titled, Show and Tell, with Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Farmer on the evening of Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm. Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is located at 21A Queen’s Street, Kingston, Ontario. For more information on the Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre and programming, seewww.modernfuel.org.
The Koerner Artist in Residence program is an annual professional residency in the Fine Art Programme at Queen’s University. The residency program provides students with unique access to mentorship and learning opportunities with an artist of national and international stature. For members of the Kingston and area community, the program offers occasions for the articulation and sharing of contemporary art. The residency has an itinerary that integrates studio time with one-to-one student critiques, seminars, class visits and public lectures. These all contribute to building relationships with students, faculty and members of the Kingston arts community.
This artist residency is made possible by the generous support of the Koerner Foundation.
For more information, please contact Ted Rettig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer has created the three dimensional and sculptural collage work 'Leaves of Grass' for the 13th Documenta art festival, which features the works of 200 artists and takes place every five years for a duration of 100 days in Kassel, Germany. The work spans sixty feet and is built from thousands of clippings from American image-centric magazine LIFE taken between the years of 1935 and 1985. Each of the small photograph cut-outs feature various objects from advertisements and articles including politicians to products evocative of a particular point in visual history for the American journal. These excerpts from LIFE are affixed individually to thin wooden posts in order to properly display every image chosen by the artist from this fifty year period. The title of the massive diorama references the collection of poetry by American writer Walt Whitman and seems to exist as a field of identifiable visualizations representative of the American sense of self-identity through popular imagery during this era.
There’s no finer record of the 20th Century than the iconic magazine Life, a fact which polymath artist Geoffrey Farmer has used in creating his Leaves of Grass installation.
The Canadian has given 2D photographs from the publication an extra dimension by creating shadow puppets from cut-outs running the gamut from Liz Taylor to a pot roast. The work, on display at dOCUMENTA (13) – the staggering 100 day art festival that takes place only every 5 years – in Kassel, Germany, focuses on the period 1935 to 1985, and is the concluding part of a trilogy. Farmer has previously taken his scissors to the Reader’s Digest in The Last Two Million Years, and got out the sewing kit for some animal theatricality in The Surgeon and the Photographer, which also featured use of photographs as part of larger sculpture.
A very interesting piece which is sure to appeal to anyone who still likes to look at their Sergeant Pepper album cover (from the days when albums had covers), and even if it’s not your cup of tea from an art point of view, it’s always nice to play Where’s Wally with Winston Churchill.
On view at Neue Galerie in Kassel, Germany ’til September 16th.