Geoffrey Farmer

The boss log

"The boss log" 1997 Mahogany case with VHS tape 3 colour photographs: - Relic's Hat 1997 - Hollywood Stars 1997 - Violators will be towed away 1997 1 black and white photograph: - Production Still (Nick and Float Plane), c. 1974 Geoffrey Farmer's "The boss log" explores the idea of the archive. The subject for the work is the cultural phenomenon of "The Beachcombers", an extremely popular television series filmed on Vancouver Island in British Columbia that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1972-1990. "The Beachcombers" featured a multicultural cast of beachcombers that included a Greek immigrant Nick Adonidas (Bruno Gerusi) and his First Nations sidekick Jessie Jim (Pat John), as well as the embittered old Relic (Robert Clothier). Often the characters met at a fictitious restaurant known as "Molly's Reach". The television series encapsulated many popular notions and themes of British Columbia coastal life including logging and fishing, and was exported to an international audience. Here the artist has paired souvenir items and memorabilia from the show with a particular episode entitled "The boss log" in order to investigate the memory of this television series that has been etched into the minds of a generation of Canadians.
The boss log
Time-Based Media
videotape, 24:00 minutes on betacam SP sub-master
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Purchased 1998
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