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Charles Ringer

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1948, after two years at the University of Colorado he left Colorado to pursue his career. He and his wife, Emily, traveled the country for three years, living on the road and working out of a mobile studio that he had built. This experience had proven to be the foundation of his education. They bought land in Joliet, Montana, in 1971 and converted the existing buildings into studio, gallery, and living space, where they educating their three children. Being an autodidact in the art field for twenty-eight Years had given him a unique perspective and direction in life and art. He takes industrial materials and turns them into delicate, but durable forms, and his kinetic steel sculptures depict various animal shapes, animal-people relationships, geometric designs and social stereotypes.    The motion of these works are captivating to the onlooker, whose imagination, when stimulated, is transported into the fantasy portrayed by the sculpture. For him, art is a delicate balance of mental imagination and physical translation that in his work, through the trial and error method, has assured an insight into this balance. He feels that art is the physical projection of mental creativity, allowing the observer their own interpretation where the combination of this communication is synergistic, and the end result infinite. He creates several diverse styles of sculpture; the animated silhouettes are individually cut out of one quarter inch steel plate where movement is created through a pendulum effect which brings the silhouette to life; the larger geometric kinetic sculptures are elegant designs originating from welded steel and exotic metals, resulting in an intricate geometric design when stationary, or producing infinite optical effects when set in motion; he also fabricates steel vegetation in a variety of sizes and constructs stable geometric designs from structural tubing and steel plate. With works exhibited and part of private and corporate collections nationwide, such as Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, California; Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; The Carnegie, New York; the private collections of Bill and Hilary Clinton; Prince Bandar bin Sultan; Mrs. John Pillsbury; Barbara Van Cleve; and corporate commissions from General Mills Co, Minneapolis, MN; TCI Corporation, Benson, MN; Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis; and Ziegler, Inc., Minneapolis.

Charles Ringer "Angles and Curves"
Charles Ringer "Angles and Curves"