Events > Artist Talk/Lecture

22 Oct. 2009

Talk with Jennifer Allen: On Shifting Attitudes Towards Objects

Jennifer Allen
Geoffrey Farmer
7 pm - 8 pm
In this Series

04 May 2007
Edition launch for Geoffrey Farmer's Signs, Statements and Proclamations

Art Metropole is pleased to announce the third installment of Art Metropole’s evening salons, a series of discussions on contemporary art. On the evening Thursday October 22, starting at 7 pm, Jennifer Allen with deliver her talk On Shifting Attitudes Towards Objects. Taking Geoffrey Farmer’s multiple Signs, Statements and Proclamations as a point of depature, Allen will address some recent shifts in generational attitudes towards objects: how we perceive them and how we use them. Examples will focus on audio tape cassettes and books.

Born in Toronto and educated in Montreal, Jennifer Allen has been living in Berlin since 1995. Her texts have appeared in Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, Metropolis M, among many other publications. Allen has a regular column in Frieze, Mousse and Her recent catalogue essays were written for Matias Faldbakken (Oslo), Gunilla Klingberg (Stockholm) and Marcel Dzama (Montreal). In 2009, Allen was awarded the German ADKV-Art Cologne prize for art criticism.

Geoffrey Farmer is known internationally for producing large-scale mixed media projects that are characterized by their process-based methodology and grounded in meticulous research and conceptual rigour. Farmer creates structures that transform and activate the gallery space, incorporating objects that are often in a state of flux. Specific literary or cinematic narratives anchor the works, which are continually revised, altered and adapted from exhibition to exhibition, even within the same work. These multiple narratives are used to conceptually generate and contextualize the processes and materials produced, acquired and presented. Geoffrey Farmer has had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, (Toronto), Contemporary Art Gallery, (Vancouver), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), with forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Drawing Room, London, England (2007), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2007) and the Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008).

Group shows include the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Antwerp), Gasworks (London), Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul), Melbourne International Biennial (Melbourne). With upcoming group exhibitions, Crack the Sky, The Biennial de Montréal (2007) and The World’s A Stage at the Tate Modern, London, England (2007).

Farmer is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.


1: Jennifer Allen begins the lecture in front of the projection.
2: Ann Dean, Jordan Sonenberg, Miles Collyer, Swintak & Sandy Plotikoff paying attention.
3: Jennifer Allen and her audience.
4: Edition of 8 + 2 Proofs, $4000.

  1. Talk with Jennifer Allen: On Shifting Attitudes Towards Objects
  2. Talk with Jennifer Allen: On Shifting Attitudes Towards Objects
  3. Talk with Jennifer Allen: On Shifting Attitudes Towards Objects
  4. Geoffrey Farmer - Signs, Statements and Proclamations