Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Geoffrey Farmer Studio Visit - Sunday 23 Nov/o8

The CASV had an exceptional turn-out to the Geoffrey Farmer studio visit Sunday, Nov. 23/08. Geoffrey generously opened his home to our 30-odd attendees who were given a tour of the house (a cleverly and minimally renovated 1970's cottage) and the garage studio with sunken concrete floor based on Roman bath-house architecture. Geoffrey spoke of his affinity for the legacy of contemporary art in Vancouver, his experiences mounting installation-based exhibition at institutions such as the Tate in London, England, and about the importance of experience in his work. Geoffrey feels that his installations are moving towards an even more theatrical position than in previous work, and to facilitate this intention, he has recently incorporated 3-d imaging techniques to prepare for exhibitions, and computer programming to invisibly control the "stage performance" of the installation.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Every think to yourself...gee, I wonder what cool art things are happening today?

TIP: One of the best ways to find out what contemporary art events are happening in town is to subscribe to the Instant Coffee newsletter. Go to and register for the monthly e-newsletter.

Another way to find out what art-related events are happening in Vancouver is to create a Facebook account and look for art events. Better yet, become friends with someone who seems to always know what's happening and scope out their events in the "friends events" section of FB.

Preview the Gallery Guide is a great overview and a paper-based publication you can pick up at any local gallery. Subscriptions are available to have it delivered directly to your door. The Georgia Straight also does a great job of publishing art events on a weekly basis.

Finally, by joining the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver for $185/year you are supporting a valuable, longstanding group that since 1971 has provided exclusive access to studio visits with artists, in addition to our lecture series. And don't forget the private receptions for members after our world-class speakers series events at the homes of private collectors and art community members. Plus we sponsor two annual scholarships given to graduating Emily Carr University students.

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