This exhibition presents an overview of Nova Scotia artist John Greer’s work exhibited at Toronto’s Isaacs Gallery during the 1970s and 1980s. At the time, the gallery’s roster included many of Canada’s most internationally-known artists, including Michael Snow, Greg Curnoe, Gathie Falk, Joyce Wieland, William Kurelek, and Jack Chambers. Greer was known during the period for mixed media works that combined dry humour, an interest in viewer engagement, and philosophical inquiry. Sometimes his deadpan use of lowbrow puns and clichés challenged critics comfortable only with the high seriousness of art discourse in the heyday of modernism and conceptual art. Even as his career has since turned to monumental sculpture, John Greer has continued to bring lightness and verbal agility to the weighty materials of marble, cast iron, granite, and bronze. The interplay between gravity and imagination, evident here, animates his work to this day.
-Pan Wendt, Curator