Solo Exhibition in Berkeley

John H. Greer
with Lydia Greer

October 23rd to December 4th, 2010

Reception: Saturday, October 23rd, 4 to 8 p.m.
Hours: Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment

Martina }{ Johnston Gallery

1201 6th St., Berkeley, CA 94710

The Martina }{ Johnston Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Night and Day, featuring the beautiful and profound work of John H. Greer, father of our good friend and fellow artist Lydia Greer, who will be screening a video entitled Audition.

John H. Greer will be presenting two interrelated bodies of work. In the first, a series of paintings from 1998 - 2004, vibrant, primary-colored stripes intersect, swoop around each other, and weave themselves together to form energetic interference patterns.

John H. Greer, No. 3, 12" x 12", 2001.

At first glance, the second and more current body of work almost seems to be by an entirely different artist; loosely rendered but carefully observed brush and ink drawings of simple interiors whose subject is the state of light. On bright days sunbeams stream through the window panes, reflect off the surfaces of walls and furniture and settle into glowing corners. At night the lamp spreads its warm light through the room and the shade casts its arch onto the wall, while solitary streetlights haunt the dark space outside. Then, on second glance, you notice familiar striped paintings hanging on the apartment walls...

John H. Greer, Cloudy Day, India Ink, 2010.

Lydia Greer will be screening a work, Audition, that is itself enfolded within her brilliant animated film A Self Made House. This work consists of multiple takes of amateur actors auditioning for a single role. Presenting multiple images of a person both historical and fictional, personal and archetypal, Audition fuses and confuses the representation with the represented.

Lydia Greer, Audition (still), DV, 2009.