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Geoffrey Farmer: The Surgeon and the Photographer

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Puppets made from collage


Who doesn't love puppets? Whether it is in the form of ancient shadow puppetry, the collectible wooden Pelham Puppets toys, or the famous hand puppet duo, Punch & Judy, puppets have provided us with entertainment for centuries.

If you head over at the Barbican Centre right now, there is currently a puppet exhibition on, which will last until the 28th July. The Surgeon And The Photographer may sound like an odd title for such an exhibit, but it is more a description of the method used to create the puppets than anything else. Canadian artist, Geoffrey Farmer, created hundreds of puppet-like figures by cutting out images from old books and magazines. He they layered the materials over fabric figures to form a kind of collage-puppet.

Farmer's technique was inspired by Hannah Höch and Robert Rauschenberg. Höch was a 20th century Dadaist, whose photomontages focussed on satirising the beauty industry. Rauschenberg, on the other hand, was a graphic artist, who began working in pop art before the movement event began. The concept of recycling material to create new work is quite popular today, and puppet-making is an ideal medium to use 2nd materials in.
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Why? Puppets are fun
When: Until 28th July
Phone: 020 7638 4141
Where: Barbican Centre
Cost: Free
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