JEROME KIRK 1923 - 2019
Jerome Kirk, 1972.
Detail of Photo by Jane Williams
Friend and artist of Erickson Fine Art Gallery for thirty years, Jerome Kirk passed away in January of 2019. We greatly miss him in our lives and are thankful for the time we shared with him. Here is a link to his Obituary posted earlier this year in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 14th, 2019.
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Erickson Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing over 80 works for sale from the artist's collection now in the collection of the Kirk family including his 2 sons and 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Please feel free to join us and enjoy the movement and gaiety so celebrated in his artwork.
Best, Danielle & Sandy
Jerome Kirk's Kinetic Sculptures
Jerome Kirk was born in Detroit in 1923. After serving in World War II, he received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1951. With the placement of over sixty public and privately owned outdoor sculptures worldwide, from his piece at Storm King, Mountainville, New York towering over 45 feet high to “Quest” at Space Technology Laboratories, Redondo Beach CA weighing over six tons, technical and spiritual discoveries for Kirk are endless. Akin to his influences, Alexander Calder, David Smith and Harry Bertoia, Kirk’s dedication to his craft has set new standards for sculpture, specifically kinetic sculpture.
The physics of motion is celebrated by the flawlessly executed technical engineering and structural design of the aluminum and stainless steel beams, arcs and other geometric elements that make up Kirk’s large outdoor sculpture and smaller intimate indoor works. Just as one can expect waves to crash on shore and flames to flare and spit and crackle, Jerome Kirk’s sculpture remind us of motion’s existence in real time. With the help of gravity and a starting force, whether it by a slight breeze or the light touch of a human hand, the mass and weight of these parts balance playfully and leave the viewer truly mesmerized.
Jerome Kirk Show at Erickson Fine Art Gallery 2005
Museum Collections include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA., Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY., Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY., Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE., Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ., University of California, Santa Barbara Art Galleries, Santa Barbara, CA. University of California, Berkeley Galleries, Santa Barbara, CA., Old Jail Foundation, Albany, TX