BOOK YOUR SEATS NOW for Thursday October 5, 2023 from 6 - 8 pm
Enjoy an evening with artist Geoff Farnsworth as he shares his journey of becoming an artist. With special guest Dr. Lauren Corman who will be reflecting on their friendship and working relationship.
Geoff Farnsworth began his art training in Vancouver in classes at the Federation of Canadian Artists, Emily Carr, and Capilano College in the Graphic Design & Illustration Program. He then moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League from 1997 to 2002. Here he trained from the model full time before working in the abstract classes where his style began to synthesize form with colour, process, and experimentation. A post 9-11 environment with tightening visa restrictions finally prompted him to follow his long time urge to move to Toronto where he furthered his studio practice. He currently lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario.
He has taught at Niagara College in the Graphic Design Program for the last decade, and is very involved in the Niagara art scene with being on the Board at the Niagara Artists Centre, teaching for the Willow Community, and collaborating with artists and musicians in the region.
His paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Niagara Falls, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.
Dr. Lauren Corman is an Associate Professor of Sociology (Brock University) and an environmental sociologist who teaches in the areas of environmental thought, contemporary social theory, and critical animal studies. Her research centralizes anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer, and feminist understandings of social relations and the more-than-human world.
Dr. Corman is currently working on a book project entitled, Zoonoses: A Critical Animal Studies Bestiary, with Dr. Chloë Taylor, which will feature 26 original works by local painter and colour worker, Geoff Farnsworth. Drawing on years of friendship, and a mutual aim to highlight the subjective worlds of human and nonhuman animals, the collaboration will feature critical perspectives on COVID-19, stories of animals associated with the pandemic, and the precarious connections that link us.