Edge of Time

Edge of Time : Greg Johns sculptures 1977-2015

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Greg Johns' steel sculptures have a unique quality which reflects his uncompromising approach to making sculpture, from small to monumental scale, which is based firmly on his studio practice. His work has always communicated a love of forms, not only for their intrinsic aesthetic beauty but also their capacity to act as symbols for unifying systems which the artist believes connects all things.

For Johns the land defines Australian cultural identity. The rust-red profiles of his preferred medium, Corten steel, speak of the ranges, the deserts and the shores which visually define so much of Australia. These are combined in Johns' work with visual motifs which evoke the intense physicality of much of the continent; the heat-wave shimmer, dry rock escarpments and gibber plains, dry grass-lands sheared by winds and flame-licks running across a blackened tree limb.

Inspiration for Johns' land-based art has come principally from his acquisition, in the early 2000s, of a parcel of marginal land at Palmer, in rain-shadow country in the hills east of Adelaide. Here, in this stark but visually inspirational environment, Johns has sited sculptures which make statements about the true nature and necessity of European Australia's engagement with the land. The full story of this remarkable journey of cultural awakening through land-based art is revealed in Edge of Time: Greg Johns Sculptures 1977-2015.

Edge of Time provides detailed insights into the development, work and ideas of one of Australia's most distinctive public artists. It offers also a behind-the-scenes look at what is involved in making large public sculptures - and above all, in making sculpture which is authentically Australian.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 235 x 265mm | 1,540g
  • Kent Town, Australia
  • Full colour throughout
  • 1743053185
  • 9781743053188
  • 48,548

About John Neylon

John Neylon is an Adelaide-based art writer and curator and formerly Head of Education, the Art Gallery of South Australia (1988-2005). He is the inaugural art critic for The Adelaide Review and writes regularly for this publication. He has written numerous catalogue essays on South Australian artists and several books including Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura, co-authored with Damon Moon (Wakefield Press SALA Series, 2013), Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye (Wakefield Press, 2007), Aldo Iacobelli: I love Painting (Wakefield Press SALA Series 2006), Hans Heysen: Into the Light, co-authored with Jane Hylton (Wakefield Press, 2004), Horizon: Greg Johns sculptures 1977-2002 (Macmillan, 2002).

Curated exhibitions include The Real Thing – Robert Hannaford: Still Lifes, Carrick Hill, Adelaide, 2015; Tough(er) Love: Art from Eyre Peninsula, Flinders University Art Museum in association with Country Arts SA 2012; Robert Hannaford: Open Studio, national touring exhibition 2010–2012; Design Now, Country Arts SA touring exhibition in association with JamFactory 2009–2010; Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye, survey exhibition, Carrick Hill, Adelaide, 2007; and Patterns of Thought: Greg Johns Retrospective Exhibition, 1977–2006, McClelland Gallery, Victoria, 2006.

John Neylon lectures at the Adelaide Central School of Art in Contemporary Art History and Theory, and is a national tour lecturer for the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS). In 2014 Neylon received the Scarlett Award for Critical Writing (contemporary sculpture).
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