JOHN GREER
JOHN GREER

Reproduction, 2007 ( Hiroshima - Texas Limestone, 2007 and "Take off, little boy!", 2007 )

Two elements:

Hiroshima - Texas Limestone, 2007
Texas Limestone, 48” x 39” x 3” (122cm x 99cm x 7.5cm)

“Take off, little Boy!”, 2007
Polystyrene, epoxy, Texas sand; 48” x 39” x 3” (122cm x 99cm x 7.5cm)

 

The nuclear bomb was developed on and from the body of human knowledge that goes back in time to the beginning of human consciousness and the desire to share what we discover. This sharing is by nature political. The origami paper crane has been adopted internationally as a peace sign of protest or acknowledgement of the madness herein. The source object is known as the “Berlin Mourning Scene”, a Egyptian funeral depiction (Detail) from ca. 1330 BC.

This two-part work is composed of a replication of an Egyptian relief carved with an added paper crane from Texas limestone. (The stone is the same age and colour as Egyptian limestone.) The second element is a reproduction of this stone in polystyrene and named after the second dropped atomic bomb “Little Boy”. This element was made to look older and more “authentic”, in a way asking for closer scrutiny.

We live in an age when scepticism is a necessity and close scrutiny is a matter of our very survival.

 

See also: APPREHENSION – APPRÉHENSION, 2009

 

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Bus Shelter in Halifax with retroActive poster!
Thinking Back to Gertrude and Henrie, 2015
Installation View retroActive with Threshold, 2015; Civilization, 1990/91; PaperMoney, 2012
Wait of Water by John Greer, 2014 Bay of Fundy Detail of Wait of Water, October 9th, 2014; retroActive tied up, tide down, looking back across the bay where the piece was first realized in 1972
National Gallery of Canada : THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
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