(AMERICAN, 19272009)

Gox No. 3, 1974
stainless steel
109 x 60 x 20 inches
St. Louis County SLC #063918

Ernest Trova’s Gox No. 3, 1974, comprised of jumbled geometric cut-outs, is aggressive in tone with a rigid repetition of active angular forms. The negative shapes teeter precariously while confined within the solidity of the steel framework. The word "gox" stands for "geometric exercise," and represents Trova’s ongoing dedication to work in a series. Although the Gox pieces were a break in Trova’s evolving figurative studies, he continually searched for the synthesis of the figurative and the abstract as he became more interested in geometry.

Ernest Trova’s gift of 40 artworks to St. Louis County in 1976 brought Laumeier Sculpture Park to life. Many of these works are displayed throughout the Park and the region, keeping Trova's legacy alive both at Laumeier and in the St. Louis community.

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Ernest Tino Trova was born in St. Louis in 1927. Best known for his signature series, Falling Man, he considered his entire output a single "work in progress.” Trova continued his ad hoc art education, seeking out painter Willem de Kooning and poet Ezra Pound, whose dual influences heavily impacted the young artist’s developing practice and philosophy. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, he was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 (1968) in Kassel, Germany. Trova's work has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Trova was represented by Pace Gallery, New York, from 1963 to 1985, which held his first solo exhibition in April 1963.