Zev Farber’s recent work takes the form of multimedia installations which present deconstructed, character-driven narratives that address the complexities of various types of systems. Farber produces work primarily utilizing digital technologies – photo, video, interactive media, and sound – in order to complicate notions of authorship and authenticity. Often, his work will emphasize the duality of creative and destructive impulses and the struggle to strike a balance between them.
In 2010, the multimedia installation “If It Happened At All, It Happened This Way” drew on a fictional story-within-a-story involving the unresolved investigation into a family that suddenly and unexpectedly disappeared. The body of work he produced to follow this, in 2012, was the non-fiction installation “Greg McRoberts”. Greg is a lifelong maker who at one point lost everything, took to living on the streets, and yet managed to re-establish himself later in life by virtue of constantly re-calibrating his powerful creative impulses. Largely photo-based, this work covers a 40 year period in Greg’s life. Zev Farber will next offer “Errata (18 to 34)” at the beginning of 2014, leveraging his own personal history to complete a trilogy of installations. Collapsing time,site, and memory within the context of a particularly formative period, this exhibition will offer “corrections” juxtaposed against fragments of archival material in order to address lost encounters, broken bonds and future hope.
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Zev Farber is a complicated narrator, handing a story to viewers that highlights its’ own incomplete nature. He has shown work throughout the world including exhibitions at Flux Factory (NYC), the Incheon Biennale (South Korea), the University of Sydney (Australia), and an upcoming solo show at The Red Head Gallery (Toronto) in January. I expect Zev, a new father, to further hone his story-telling skills over the next few years.