Farmer set himself the task of creating a puppet for each day of the year, and began by cutting images from subjects such as art and natural history, ethnography, and popular culture. They are then carefully assembled weaving the artifacts and figures from the past with contemporary images. Some are beautifully minimal, while others become layered and more complex. Dieties, shamens, tricksters, and shape shifting creatures with masks, wands and staffs, abound.
The work has been created over a three year period, and is well worth a visit. It continues until 28th July. It would be shame to miss this opportunity! Entry is free.
Paper, textile, wood, and metal.
Laura Cumming, The Observer 7th April 2012
Images are from Casey Kaplan Gallery
Details of the show can be found at Barbican Centre