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Art Essays

John Greer


edited by David Diviney & Sarah Fillmore

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Essays, Canadian, General, Sculpture & Installation
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A man in a darkened workshop, surrounded and obscured by dust clouds. A pair of larger-than-life hands, holding a mallet, ready to strike. Spectacles that play with the idea of turning lies into truth and cynics into believers. A cinder block, precariously suspended above a fragile glass, held in place by a single line of tension. Welcome to John Greer: retroActive.

Sculptor, conceptual artist, and unconventional art maker John Greer has been telling stories through his work for more than fifty years. Drawing on his present and past experiences, his travels and exploits, and his anxieties and fears, his work offers poignant meditations on the human environment, all the while challenging the viewer's perspective with humour, intelligence, and a trail of narrative.

RetroActive offers a comprehensive view of Greer's work and his commitment to the discourse of sculpture. Stunningly designed by Susanne Schaal and featuring the photographs of Raoul Manuel Schnell, the book contains more than three hundred representations of Greer and his work — in situ, in galleries, in process — bringing into focus Greer's significant contributions to the world of art and ideas. Also included in the book are essays by Ray Cronin, Andria Minicucci, Dennis Reid, Ron Shuebrook, David Diviney, Sarah Fillmore, and Vanessa Paschakarnis.

John Greer taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for almost three decades, where his thinking and teaching helped shape contemporary sculpture in Canada. His work has been included in more than fifty solo and sixty group exhibitions and is held in public and private collections around the globe. In 2009 Greer was the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada's highest distinction in the field of art and culture.

About the authors

David Diviney est conservateur des expositions au Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse à Halifax. Auparavant, il a été directeur de la galerie Eye Level d'Halifax et conservateur adjoint à la Southern Alberta Art Gallery à Lethbridge. David Diviney a enseigné le dessin, la sculpture et la muséologie au Alberta College of Art and Design, à l'Université de Lethbridge, à l'Université Thompson Rivers et au Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Il détient un baccalauréat en arts visuels avec distinction de la Tyler School of Art de l&39;Université Temple à Philadelphie et une maîtrise en arts visuels du Nova Scotia College of Art and Design d'Halifax.

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Sarah Fillmore est conservatrice en chef au Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax, et commissaire du Prix artistique Sobey. Fillmore travaille au Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2005. en tant que conservatrice en chef, elle supervise la collection d'art provinciale ainsi que les acquisitions du musée et les programmes d'interprétation, d'éducation, de conservation et d'exposition. elle est commissaire du programme de résidence artistique et préside le jury du Prix artistique Sobey, le prix annuel prééminent pour un artiste de 40 ans ou moins du Canada.

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