Courtesy of Bahara Emami at Montalvo Art Center
Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
August 22 – November 2, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, August 22, 6-8pm
For more than 50 years, Chuck Ginnever has created large-scale sculptures in bronze and steel that challenge and expand visual perceptions. Every angle of a Ginnever sculpture presents a different work of art; as the viewer moves around the sculpture, the piece is transformed. As the centerpiece of New Perspectives, Rashomon is a 15-piece installation of three-foot high steel sculptures. Identical in shape, these sculptures each take a unique position.
For the viewer, Ginnever’s array of 15 Rashomon sculptures provides a direct experience of the dynamics of point of view or “new perspectives.” It is easy to say that everything changes depending on angle of vision; it is another to feel this viscerally. Because most objects have, at most, three dimensionally stable faces upon which they can rest, a sculpture with 15 distinct resting positions presents an entirely new order of seeing in the round. By changing the points upon which the sculpture rests, from each vantage these identical open form sculptures appear to have morphed completely into entirely new figures. By physically rotating the 15 identical sculptures, Rashomon presents irrefutable, mind-boggling evidence of radical results from minor shifts of perspective. Augmented by drawings and models that similarly define unique shapes and the ways they move, this exhibition illustrates Ginnever's fascinating approach to sculpture, space and form.
Ginnever has said, “Our eyes tell us the works move: our brains assure us it can’t be so.” For more than fifty years, he has made groundbreaking and innovative works that challenge contemporary sculptural practice. He is a pioneer of public sculpture known for the precise placement of his open forms to promote viewers' perceptual, kinesthetic and conceptual interaction with the environment.
Charles Ginnever's work is included in numerous public and private collections around the world, including Storm King Art Center, which owns three works as part of their permanent collection in Mountainville, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, CA; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laumeier International Sculpture Park, St. Louis; Seattle Art Museum, and the Australian National Gallery, among other noted institutions. Ginnever lives in Vermont.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Gayle Maxon-Edgerton, GME LLC.