John Will: Greed’l Get You
Greed’l Get You
July 10 – August 29, 2020
Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary
“Greed’l Get You, a new exhibition of text-based work by Calgary artist John Will, continues an investigation into his fascination with his own origins in the world as an individual and an artist. Will is known as a trickster but it is beneath this dimension of his work that the viewer finds the depth of the message in his pictorial epistles. Over the course of his career, Will has worked intuitively in his creation of satirical and dark text-based paintings and works on paper. Through a process of collecting fragments of language, he stitches together statements and sentences that are the inspiration for the work. The pieces in Greed’l Get You were selected from his “Book of Wont” where Will has been cataloguing his artwork since 2016. There are over 800 works in this series, 198 of which are included in the exhibition, as well as the book itself. These works brought together at Jarvis Hall Gallery become a narrative, not only tracing aspects of Will’s life but also the life we all live in 21st century Western culture. This lends the exhibition a strong critique of the ethos of our current reality.
Greed’l Get You presents an ongoing, intensive meditation on the state of the world. There is a softness that emerges below the trickery of Will’s work. Mining his experiences, drawing together words and phrases, explicating the devastating condition of our world, Will appears to be creating a narrative of a truth that is both stark and forthright. Channeling his critical view of the world, the work in Greed’l Get You lends itself towards an investigation into the nature of being alive.”
– Maeve Hanna
Despite COVID restrictions slowly being eased in Calgary, we’ve designed a new Online Viewing Room to accompany this monumental exhibition. For the summer JHG will remain open By Appointment only throughout the week and we welcome those of you who wish to Drop In on Fridays and Saturdays. Using this platform and approach, we can continue with our planned exhibition schedule while ensuring that the health and safety of our artists, collectors, clients and staff is a top priority.
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