Hamilton, New York
Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University
The works featured in “Machines: Fragments and Reveries” present Jonathan Kirk as a creative spirit in love with mechanisms and an artist who revels in working out ideas through materials. Trained in a strictly formalist program under the aegis of Anthony Caro, Kirk subsequently embraced his instinct for implied narratives. He invests his sculpture with recognizable forms, derived primarily from nautical and machine subjects. Black Wave (2012), a small work composed of painted wood and epoxy with a rippling line and a motif that evokes submarines, perfectly demonstrates this tendency... see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.