Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Nova Scotia sculptor John Greer is primarily known for large works in stone and bronze, including several public commissions in Canada, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, and the U.S. A major figure in Canadian sculpture for over four decades, he was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. For the first few decades of his career, however, he was primarily a conceptual artist, using humor, ephemeral or humble materials, photography, and text to create wry, intelligent, and disconcerting objects and installations. His recent exhibition, “Greer View Mirror,” featured 20 works dating from the 1970s and ’80s, all demonstrating his conviction that sculpture— all art, really—is idea made manifest in material. Tied Up, Tied Down, the earliest work in the show, reflects Greer’s early concerns and, despite his …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.