A re-creation of myths, symbols and meanings, John Greer’s work for on form 18 is concerned with oracles and money, using recognisable objects that were a precursor to currency and language. Bones, stones and turtle shells are all loaded with cultural significance, becoming fragments of grand systems that crumbled long ago. What was once ancient becomes new and what was once classic becomes instantly contemporary. As philosophical as they are playful, John’s sculptures focus on human history, linking us to a more universal and mysterious energy.
John has exhibited his work extensively in Canada, USA, Korea and Europe since 1967. He taught sculpture for 26 years at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In this position his thinking and teaching shaped and influenced contemporary sculpture and three-dimensional art practice in Canada and abroad. His work is represented in the major museums of Canada. He was recognized for his lifetime achievement and significant contribution to contemporary Canadian visual art with the Governor General’s Award in 2009.