Charles Ginnever

Apollo

Apollo, 1985
Steel, enamel
22' x 50' x 127'


On View: June 2002 - April 2016

 

Charles Ginnever is an American sculptor best known for his large abstract steel forms. His work is well known for the illusory factor of taking on a different appearance as the viewer looks at the piece from different angles. Ginnever presents the viewer with a varied work of art, as the planes of steel distort, flatten, and expand based on the perspective at which it is viewed. Many times the change is dramatically different, which leads the viewer to wonder if they are even looking at the same sculpture.

 

Apollo is a steel sculpture with a yellow enamel surface - much of his works do not include this enamel surface, and this great linear aspect is also one that he explores rarely. Like many artist peers of Ginnever, the sculptors of this time were fascinated in attempting to replicate the sentiments of painters during the 70s and 80s. His sculptures do behave in similar aesthetics, as he is focused on perspective, visual formalities, and negative space.

 

Ginnever's work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries such as APEC Sculpture Garden in Manila, Philippines, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, Australia, and a multitude of galleries throughout the United States. He has studied in Italy and France in the early 1950s, and later received his BA from the California School of Fine Arts, and his MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Ginnever continues to make sculpture, drawings, and prints primarily at the studios on his farm in Putney, Vermont.

 

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Apollo

2002 Exhibition

Solo Exhibition
2002
9 large-scale steel sculptures


On View: June 2002 - June 2005

 

Omi was pleased to announce a solo exhibition of major works by Charles Ginnever in 2002. In this year, another similarly well known minimalist artist Bernar Venet also exhibited large-scale outdoor Cor-Ten steel sculptures. These works were created throughout his career, and fully represent the scope of the kinds of works he created (in addition, Apollo by Ginnever is a slightly different style, currently on view). 

 

These sculptures are prime examples of the more signature works that Ginnever created during his long career as a sculptor. These pieces consist of several welded flat planes of steel rather than a straightforward linear structure. The surface qualities of the faceted steel structures are left with little pattina, as the surface is raw and brushed, slightly rough to the eye and exposed to the elements. These surface textures contrasted with the smooth, geometric and illusory three-dimensional forms of the sculptures provide a beautiful contrast.

 

The negative spaces between the heavy panels of steel where the landscape peers out through a triangular opening gives the viewer a sense of lightness in weight. These large-scale sculptures, often towering above 15 feet in height, also seem to be teetering and balancing on the edge as the sculpture meets the grass precariously.

 

Ginnever's works are well known to have an illusory aspect in which the viewer can experience a different sculpture by moving around the piece, and viewing it from a distance. A blocky, heavy form could be come a singular line when spotted at a 20 foot viewing difference.

 

Ginnever's work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries such as APEC Sculpture Garden in Manila, Philippines, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, Australia, and a multitude of galleries throughout the United States. He has studied in Italy and France in the early 1950s, and later received his BA from the California School of Fine Arts, and his MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Ginnever continues to make sculpture, drawings, and prints primarily at the studios on his farm in Putney, Vermont.

 

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