marble, bronze, wood
installation dimensions variable
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37030.1-7)
John Greer is renowned for his contribution to sculptural practice in Canada and the development of a conceptual approach to sculpture during his teaching career at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. While maintaining the minimalist and conceptual grounding and humourous undercurrents of his earlier work, in 1978 Greer shifted his attention to the more traditional sculptural concerns of shaping hard materials such as stone, bronze and steel into representational forms. In "Reconciliation", Greer renders nature’s minutiae in epic proportions using the sensual materials of marble and bronze. The monumentalization of six organic forms - the pits of an apricot, a cherry, a peach and a plum, an almond, as well as a heart-shaped bronze leaf - encourages the viewer’s engagement with each as a sculptural object, while also placing humankind within nature’s cycles of sustenance, death and regeneration.