JOHN GREER
JOHN GREER

Vortiginous, 1994

Marble; tall figures: 170 x 61 x 61 cm (67 x 24 x 24 inches)

wasp nest: 80 x 48 x 48 cm (32 x 19 x 19 inches)

 

This work is composed of three elements. Two of these elements are based on existing artifacts, both of which are prehistoric. The artifact known as the Fluteplayer is from Greece, the cradle of western society. The artifact known as the Walrus Man was unearthed in Point Barrow, Alaska, the gateway from eastern culture to North America. The third element in the shape of a bee hive symbolizes the swarming and mixing of living creatures. The title indicates an association with sound to which all three elements contribute - the silence of the stone pipes, the potential of the swarming wasps or bees, and the sound one hears when putting your ear up to the hole in the side of the Walrus Man. The two original artifacts are hand-held objects; however, these figurative elements have been enlarged to be the size of average humans, in order that one can identify with the forms and relate to the timelessness and geographical expanse that these pieces encompass.

 

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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