steel, fibreboard, and mixed media
3.4 x 2.2 x 9 m installed
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41202)
© Geoffrey Farmer
Geoffrey Farmer employs techniques used on movie sets and is interested in filmmakers' props and special effects. His work investigates issues related to the fabrication or replication of reality. Here he uses faux-finish techniques, spray paint, and thumbtacks to create the illusion of a well-used, mud-flecked trailer, held together by sturdy rivets. This generic-looking, solid container (suitable for use on any movie set) is actually an empty structure built with fibreboard walls. The "trailer" has been put together in the gallery; a look underneath reveals the artist's hand-written instructions for assembly.