Jonathan Kirk: Sculptural Abstractions and Other Fabrications

October 23, 2019 - December 20, 2019

Jonathan Kirk: Sculptural Abstractions and Other Fabrications

Opening Reception 11 September. 5 – 7pm

Conversation with the Artist and Gallery Director, Darrell Matsumoto, 5:30pm

Catalog available: https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1666053

 

Verne-Wellian Echo

It is with great pleasure we present Jonathan Kirk: Sculptural Abstractions and Other Fabrications.

 

Kirk’s sculptures and fabrications appear to be hybrid structures, which combine an intriguing mélange of forms. There are clear references to the Industrial Revolution's innovation and glimpses of the machinery of the Victorian-set fantasy world, inspired by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The surreal vehicles of transport and monsters of the sea and sky, conjured by their words, are fanciful exaggerated speculations of the natural and the intervened world. We are 250+ years removed from the start of the Industrial Revolution. The period represents a pivotal shift from agricultural and handicraft economies to large-scale industrial production, which continues with unbridled acceleration. Beginning in the mid-18th century the world’s “industrial engine” begins its assault on the natural world. In the attempt at besting nature, human hubris may lead to folly.

 

In Kirk’s sculptural world, nature represents the ancient and human intervention represents innovation. Nature owns its unique elegant design— consider the nautilus and other sea creatures, and the power and immensity of large sea and land mammals. Innovative forms related to steam engines, locomotives, and ships which challenge nature are evident and appear as iconic anchors of the work. Kirk’s sculptures appear as hybrids of mechanistic form, and at times, stylized, conglomerated interpretations. The Victorian automaton was designed to mimic, to entertain, and to surprise—but not to be scrutinized closely. Through a lens filtered by Verne Wellian echo and Victorian innovation, Kirk invites close scrutiny and interrogation of his mechanistic hybrid wonders, to expose and reveal its secrets.

 

 

Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

September 11, 2019 thru October 9, 2019

2019 Faculty Art Exhibition

Opening Reception September 11, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Featured Artists

Jillian Anderson
Alice Lambert
Timmary Leary
Darrell Matsumoto
Joseph Ray
Sumiyo Toribe
Jason Travers
Susan Tritell
David Wackell
Michael Yefko

Faculty Spotlight Exhibition, Alice Lambert

September 2019 thru May 2020

Alice Lambert Art Exhibition

Opening Reception September 11 from  5:00  – 7:00 p.m.

Art in the Park Worcester at Anna Maria College, Biennial Installation

September 2019 thru May 2020

Art in the Park 2019-2020

Artists

Vera Angelica, Home

Vincente Garcia, Untitled

Drew Goerlitz, Templum III

Thomas Matsuda, Purification

This collaborative effort between Art in the Park of Worcester and Anna Maria College introduces public art to the college campus. A spacious venue known for its natural beauty, the display becomes a highlight of the visual landscape.

The public, students, and staff are invited to explore and enjoy these sculptures throughout the academic year. Join Anna Maria College as various programs, and sculpture walks celebrate this new partnership. Materials and information about the sculptures are available by visiting the Office of Admissions or the Art Center in Miriam Hall.

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