Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

Let’s Make the Water Turn Black

Geoffrey Farmer

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, USA 10/09/2014 – 03/01/2015

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Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, on view at PAMM from October 9 to March 1, 2014, is a theatrical installation involving odd combinations of found objects which the artist transforms into awkward, puppet-like figures, and kinetic elements choreographed with sound. Together, these pieces become theater plays or small operas with uncanny objects as their main performers. Creating mysterious and, at times, sinister environments, the artist’s work responds dynamically to the architectural and cultural contexts in which it is produced.

Farmer (b.1967) is best known for his work with collage and his references to the genre’s modernist traditions, such as those produced by Dada artists at the beginning of the 20thcentury. During the talk, Farmer will contextualize his installation at PAMM by sharing sound clips, video and other source material to illuminate his influences for his installation, which range from surrealism of the 1920s to 1960 countercultural movements and music. Finding parallels between artistic experimentation in music, such as Edgard Varèse’s idea of “organized sound” and later composers who collaged recordings, and the “cut up” method of

writing popularized by William Boroughs in the 1960s, Farmer‘s piece results in a new experience of sound and narrative that employs both 20th century techniques and the algorithms of contemporary digital software.

Installation view, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Photo: Fred Dott

Courtesy of the artist, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, and Casey Kaplan, New York.

Link: http://www.pamm.org/

GFarmer_LMTWTB_2014_HK_FD_2_MG_0718_web

GFarmer_LMTWTB_2014_HK_FD_2_MG_0721_web

GFarmer_LMTWTB_2014_HK_FD_2_MG_0771_web

Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, on view at PAMM from October 9 to March 1, 2014, is a theatrical installation involving odd combinations of found objects which the artist transforms into awkward, puppet-like figures, and kinetic elements choreographed with sound. Together, these pieces become theater plays or small operas with uncanny objects as their main performers. Creating mysterious and, at times, sinister environments, the artist’s work responds dynamically to the architectural and cultural contexts in which it is produced.

Farmer (b.1967) is best known for his work with collage and his references to the genre’s modernist traditions, such as those produced by Dada artists at the beginning of the 20thcentury. During the talk, Farmer will contextualize his installation at PAMM by sharing sound clips, video and other source material to illuminate his influences for his installation, which range from surrealism of the 1920s to 1960 countercultural movements and music. Finding parallels between artistic experimentation in music, such as Edgard Varèse’s idea of “organized sound” and later composers who collaged recordings, and the “cut up” method of

writing popularized by William Boroughs in the 1960s, Farmer‘s piece results in a new experience of sound and narrative that employs both 20th century techniques and the algorithms of contemporary digital software.

Link: http://www.pamm.org/

Installation view, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Photo: Fred Dott

Courtesy of the artist, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, and Casey Kaplan, New York.

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