Geoffrey Farmer creates new work with God’s Dice

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God’s Dice Geoffrey Farmer • November 13 – December 12, 2010
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Opening Reception: Friday, November 12 •7:30 –9:30 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, December 10 •7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Banff, Alberta, November 4, 2010 -- Noted Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer will create a new work with God’s Dice, a ‘sculpture play’ and exhibition that will open at the Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre on November 12.  

God’s Dice is presented by Farmer in association with Theatre of Erosion or I Hate Work That Is Not A Play, a four-week thematic residency that he is leading at Banff Centre. Continuing his interest in time and place, and in art that makes process visible, Farmer will work with participants enrolled in the residency to create God’s Dice. Incorporating props from the Centre’s Theatre Department, such as mirrors, musical instruments, sculptures, texts and costumes, this conceptual work will also use improvisation and choreographed actions to create a singular narrative— a story that will only be fully realized at the moment the end is announced.  

Geoffrey Farmer is at the cutting edge of Canadian contemporary art. His multi-media installations combining video, film, performance, drawing, sculpture, found objects and texts have been the subject of major exhibitions in London, Montreal, and Toronto. Solo exhibitions include Geoffrey Farmer (2008), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; The Last Two Million Years (2007), The Drawing Room, London; Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and Spacex, Exeter (2007); Pale Fire Freedom Machine (2005), Power Plant Gallery, Toronto; and The Blacking Factory (2002), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Recent group exhibitions include The World As A Stage (2007), Tate Modern, London, and ICA Boston (2008); Gasoline Rainbows (2007), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2007); Classified Materials (2005), Vancouver Art Gallery; and Intertidal: Vancouver Art & Artists (2005), MuHKA, Antwerp. Farmer attended the San Francisco Institute of Art and the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. In 2003 he was awarded the Shadbolt VIVA AWARD given to emerging visual artists in British Columbia  

Walter Phillips Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday: 12:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday: 12:30 to 9 p.m.  

The Walter Phillips Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  

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About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:  Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca