PRINT January 2006

Geoffrey Farmer

IT WOULD BE FAIRLY EASY to eat up my allotted space here just describing the various sources of information contained in a typical work by Geoffrey Farmer. Literary, pop-cultural, and art-historical allusions; site-specific details; and gestures to his native Vancouver’s local industries and art scene form the structural edifice around which his sculptural and installation-based works develop. Posing a similar challenge to my descriptive faculties is the constantly shifting status of the works-in-process that Farmer generally exhibits, from projects that evolve and grow over weeks, even while they are on view, to finished works that can be installed in multiple arrangements. Such a lengthy effort might be misguided regardless, since Farmer employs these layers of meaning in such a way that the sum of the parts in no way describes the works themselves, which, while they benefit from these

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