Art Gallery of Alberta

Geoffrey Farmer

Geoffrey Farmer in Conversation:
The Intellection of Lady Spider House

Friday, September 13, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$21 / $13.13 AGA Members / Students free with valid student ID
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Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear from one of Canada’s leading contemporary artists. Get an insider’s perspective on your AGA’s thrilling new exhibition, The Intellection of Lady Spider House, in this pre-opening talk featuring Geoffrey Farmer, recent winner of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize for outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Geoffrey Farmer will be joined by many of the other artists included in the exhibition.


Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967, Vancouver) currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. At once fragile and multiform, discreet and omnipresent, Farmer’s work is the product of simple yet strategic manipulations. It operates on the same level as everyday experience: simultaneously rational and chaotic, undeniably concrete yet shaped by the imagination. In a voice that combines poetry and social commentary, his work conjures and reactivates a variety of narratives drawn from history, popular culture, art history and social environments. It also reflects an interest in the exhibition itself – both its fictional power and its temporal component. Farmer focuses on particular features of these diverse sources, notably concepts of the work and process, transformation and performance.

He has a forthcoming retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2015. His major work, Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, opened at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich in June of 2013 and will travel to Nottingham Contemporary, Kunstverein Hamburg and Pérez Art Museum Miami. In 2013 he was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Award by the Art Gallery of Ontario, which will mount a solo exhibition of his work in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include The Surgeon and the Photographer, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2013); Mondegreen(with Jeremy Millar) , Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011); Casey Kaplan, New York (2011); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011); Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2010); Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2010); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Triennale der Kleinplastik , Stadt Fellbach (2013); Puppet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2013); dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Stage Presence, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2012); Tools for Conviviality, Power Plant, Toronto The Garden of Forking Paths, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2011); Istanbul Biennial (2011).

Held in conjunction with The Intellection of Lady Spider House.


Member’s Opening Reception: The Intellection of Lady Spider house

Friday, September 13 | 7:30 pm

On Friday, September 13 only, AGA Members have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to the premiere of your AGA’s Halloween event, Nocturne- A New Masked Affair on October 26, at a special price of $113/ticket. (Regular tickets on sale the next day at $150/ticket).