Artist John Hundley Greer's work explores abstraction and representation, color and black and white, and pattern and the depiction of light and space. Drawing from his history of exploring both landscape and geometric abstraction, his recent paintings and drawings are often presented in a series that depicts the same scene at different times of day, creating introspective and keenly observed pictures that document a life illuminated by the changing light and seasons. Exploring the interplay between the natural and built environments and public and domestic spaces, Greer’s vivid and evocative imagery invites us to reflect on the subtle complexities and hidden beauty of the world around us.
The common ground in all this work is the peculiar pleasure in making images that won't necessarily show visually, yet will convey the presence of something not really there: the always almost ability to be in two places at once.
Because I discover more freedom in the process of making than in trying to arrive at a particular goal, I never set out to execute a preconceived idea or image. I prefer to let the conception come out of the making: what surprises me is always more interesting than my initial idea. However, this approach makes it necessary to find ways to keep the making process interesting. This necessity has driven me to use varying methods. Any 'expression' or that 'something not really there' that comes out of this, happens inadvertently while I'm paying attention to the making.
However, in all of this work in whatever method, I build on the basic assumption that, although paintings can have an immediate impact, paintings take time to see. Beyond an initial impression I want 'slow' images that unfold over time, that delay closure, that generate complexity rather than conclusion. In other words, I want to keep the viewer's experience rooted in an extended visual process.
– John H. Greer