For as long as I can remember I have been intrigued by the physics of life around me.  As a child in Minnesota, I began to arrange and assemble various objects into three dimensional creations.  This process enabled me to translate my mental observations into physical reality.  As an artist being self-directed has been instrumental in developing my individual technique.  The discipline of trial and error has proven to be my best education.

I was attracted to metal at an early age, because of its many contrasts.  The medium itself is originally coarse, heavy, hard, utilitarian and unforgiving.  During the creative process, the material is cut, heated, pounded, welded and polished.  The end product becomes a durable work of art.  My sculpture involves both a kinetic and static presence, portraying both complex and whimsical images, creating a visual attractant.

Being in the same studio, gallery and living space for more than 40 years, I have developed an atmosphere conducive to contemplation, motivation and creation.  In this environment, my wife, Emily and I raised our three children, which is certainly part of the creative endeavor.  Life is art.

I create several diverse styles of sculpture. The animated silhouettes are individually cut out of one-quarter inch steel plate. 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, which is capable of producing infinite optical effects, when set in motion. In addition to the kinetic work, I also fabricate steel vegetation in a variety of sizes and construct stabile geometric designs from structural tubing and steel plate. All of this work can be sized from tabletop to monumental.

  Gallery Affiliations

The kinetic sculpture of Charles Ringer can be found in the following locations and collections: 


Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Big Horn Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
Main Street Gallery, Saint Jo, Texas
Catherine Louisa Gallery, Billings, Montana
Buffalo Trail Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Charles Ringer Gallery, Joliet, Montana


Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Wyoming 
Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art 
Dallas Museum of Art 
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC 
Art Institute of Chicago 
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
Palm Springs Museum 
The Carnegie, New York 
The Whitney, New York 
The Lindsey Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, California
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

Corporate Collections:

1st Interstate Bank, Jackson, Wyoming
General Mills 

Farmer's and Mechanic Bank, Minneapolis 
International Multifoods 
Northwestern National Life 
Valley National Bank, Phoenix 
Lam Design, New York 
Morgan Guarantee and Trust 
Cutlass and Moore, New York 
Sensors, Inc., Michigan 
Hammerslag Equipment, California 
O'Connor and Hannan, Minneapolis 
Zeigler, Inc., Minneapolis 
T.C.I. Corporation, Minnesota 
Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles 
A-R Development, Beverly Hills 
Design Two, Los Angeles 
Glowill Corporation, Melville, New York 
Michigan State University 
Reilly Industries, Indianapolis, Indiana