The artistic practice of Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967, Vancouver; lives and works in Vancouver) integrates forms of collecting and scholarship employed by cultural historians, and draws on a diverse repertoire. After extensive research, the artist builds collections that unite aspects of visual art, literature, music, politics, history, and sociology, and crystallize in sprawling theatrical installations. Echoing a 1968 composition by Frank Zappa, from which it also borrows the title, Farmer’s Let’s Make the Water Turn Black—produced especially for the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art—presents an improvised chronology of the American musician.
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