Brian Jungen + Geoffrey Farmer

The Lost Drawings of Geoffrey Farmer and Brian Jungen, 1995-1996/2002
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Brian Jungen is Canadian artist of mixed Swiss and Dane-zaa First Nation heritage. His work addresses notions of mixed identity through formal and material explorations on the political, economic and social implications of cross-cultural sharing. Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer is known for combining drawing, film, sculpture, collage, performance, photography and found objects to create playful and complex installations that present his own take on literary, theatrical, and cinematic histories.

After studying together in the early 1990s at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Jungen and Farmer shared a studio in Vancouver wherein they collaborated on many process-based works. The Lost Drawings of Geoffrey Farmer and Brian Jungen demonstrates their early interests in identity politics and cultural studies. This series of surreal collages comprise found pages of snowboarding magazines on top of which the artists drew black Grim Reaper figures. Playing on the Surrealist idea of the “cadavre exquis”, their sinisterly humour debunks stereotypes about masculinity, sexuality, and male-centric snowboarding culture to impart new ideas about identity in contemporary life.