Born 1931, San Mateo, CA
Works in Putney, VT and Petaluma, CA

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Texas Triangles, Charles Ginnever

Charles Ginnever. Texas Triangles. 1983. Steel. 9' 6" x 21' x 10'

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9' 6" x 21' x 10'

Lent by the Artist

No longer on view.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Charles Ginnever was a pioneer in the revival of outdoor sculpture and public art in America. He is best known for his large-scale geometric abstractions in steel which display an intentional patina of rust. These sculptures represent a vitalized Minimalism which stresses complex formal relationships within the work, as well as perceptual relationships between the work and viewers. Texas Triangles, for example, has been described as an origami in steel, in which each plane exists in a harmonious, yet dynamic, balance with its fellows. This balance is fraught with potential energy due to an ingenious composition of weight, mass, shape, and volume which seems to move, and somehow deny gravity. This perceptual puzzle is intensified as viewers move around the work—the formal relationships within the sculpture seem to shift with each new point of view. Ginnever challenges our perceptions by posing subtle questions, in steel, about illusion and reality.

Taken off view in September 2014.