Channon, Dave

Coco the Gorilla

What is a “Scrapture”? An ecstatic non-static sculpture fashioned from scrap metal. Satyrical. Dynamicaly imbalanced engineering applied to antique steel implements with shapes that inspire visions. Recycled, repurposed, welded and bolted together. They move with the wind.

– Dave Channon

Dave Channon is a multi-media artist who began his career with an apprenticeship to Joseph Cornell when he was 17. He later collaborated with such important artists as Red Grooms, Peter Max, Keith Haring, Phillip Guston, Ralph Fasanella, Peter Max, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Ron English and Robert Indiana. 

Channon’s first show was in 1979 at Franklin Furnace, an alternative art space in lower Manhattan. His sculpture has been favorably mentioned in the New York Times (Grace Glueck)  the New Yorker, The Village Voice, Art in America, and New York magazine. During the 1990s, Channon focused on video art and had 250 inventive programs on Manhattan Cable TV, satellite broadcast, included in a Venice Biennale, and screened in museums, clubs and galleries. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in The New School, The Brooklyn Museum, Ft. Pierce Art Museum, and galleries in Manhattan and Brooklyn. His paintings have been used to illustrate ecological themes in Mother Earth News and other magazines and web venues. 

Since moving to Shandaken in 1999, Channon has exhibited at the Rockefeller Stone Barns in Westchester, the Catskill Mountain Foundation Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter and the Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center. His sculptures have been shown at Wards Island and Governors Island in NYC, Collaborative Concepts outdoor sculpture show in Garrison, NY, at 49A Sculpture Park at the Galli-Curci Mansion in Highmount and the public art park at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY. His work has been in three Kingston Biennials, CCAN outdoor shows in Red Hook, NY and North Bennington Vermont, and in the Westbeth Gallery in NYC. Channon has exhibited in the 4th and 5th Wilderstein Sculpture Biennials. Visit Channon’s new sculpture installations at Rail Explorers Train Station next to the Emerson Resort, and now at the Woodstock Art Exchange on Rt 28.

Dave Channon installs Coco the Gorilla in the Erika and David Boyd Sculpture Garden, June 2020

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Read Dave’s article that mentions the sculpture in Leonia: Public Art in the Age of Plague