Geoffrey Farmer: Let´s make the Water turn Black

Geoffrey Farmer: Let's Make the Water Turn Black, 2013; exhibition view, photo: Lorenzo Pusterla Courtesy of the artist, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, and Casey Kaplan, New York

Exhibition in Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zürich, Switzerland.
Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer integrates forms of collecting and scholarship employed by cultural historians, and draws on a diverse repertoire. After extensive research, he builds collections that unite aspects of visual art, literature, music, politics, history, and sociology, which crystallise into sprawling theatrical installations. Echoing a 1968 composition by Frank Zappa, from which it also borrows the title, the exhibition presents an improvised chronology of the American musician. Choreographed sculptures on a stage coalesce into a multifaceted and atmospheric work that unfolds over the course of the day.