(Excerpt from 'Pioneering Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer wins the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO' posted on Art Gallery of Ontario. Found here http://www.ago.net/pioneering-canadian-artist-geoffrey-farmer-wins-the-2013-gershon-iskowitz-prize-at-the-ago)
A graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art And Design in Vancouver, multi-disciplinary artist Geoffrey Farmer is this year's winner of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation are pleased to announce that Vancouver-born artist Geoffrey Farmer is the recipient of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO. The award, which is presented annually to one artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO. Farmer’s exhibition will open in February 2014.
Borrowing elements from conceptual and installation art, Farmer’s works boldly combine sculpture, video, performance, drawing, photography and found objects. Internationally recognized for his singular approach and ability to blend poetry and social commentary in large-scale works, Farmer has received praise for his recent exhibition The Surgeon and the Philosopher at London’s Barbican Art Gallery from the Guardian for its “compelling vision.”
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