Geoffrey Farmer

The Surgeon and The Photographer

Installation for Geoffrey Farmer

Geoffrey Farmer’s captivating installation consisted of hundreds of puppet-like figures composed of images cut from old books.

Developed over a three-year period, Geoffrey Farmer’s The Surgeon and the Photographer was shown for the first time in its completed form for this UK premiere.

The puppet-like figures were created from images from old books and magazines mounted on fabric forms, they were accompanied by a new film commission.

Farmer’s work blends the collage and assemblage traditions of Hannah Höch and Robert Rauschenberg, the element of chance employed by John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and an animist perspective from Pacific Northwest Coast cultures.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Reviews

‘A compelling vision‘
The Observer
‘Farmer is creative, meticulous, and irreverent‘
Modern Painters
‘Breath-taking and mind-bendingly elaborate‘
BecauseLondon
‘The exhibition immerses the viewer into a fantastical world created by the manipulation of mass-produced and common material to wonderful, unsettling effect‘
One Stop Arts