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Abstract sculpture exhibit opens in Cooperstown

Posted 10/5/22

Fenimore Art Museum has presented a new exhibition, “Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations,” on view now through Dec. 31. 

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Abstract sculpture exhibit opens in Cooperstown

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COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum has presented a new exhibition, “Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations,” on view now through Dec. 31. 

Kirk’s sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world, to forms of industrial and naval architecture.

The work illuminates the ways in which the forms of the artist as well as the engineer still embody the mysterious intelligence of their natural models and points to the idea that making is, in a sense, the invention of what might be called, “cultural machinery.”

The sculptures are rigorously committed to sculptural “object-hood,” yet at the same time contain visual references that suggest a metaphorical context. The pieces relate partial narratives – stories without endings. The collective visual unconscious is plundered and sampled.

Kirk was born in Saffron Walden, Great Britain in 1955. He earned his bachelor’s of fine arts degree from St. Martins School of Art, London in 1978 and his master’s of fine arts from Syracuse University in 1980. Kirk has received grants and awards from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.

He has shown widely in group and solo exhibitions and has work in permanent collections throughout the East Coast. From 1980 to 2000, Kirk was the studio manager at Sculpture Space Inc. He continues to live and work in Utica. Find more information at www.jonathankirk.net.

Museum admission: Adults (ages 20-64) $15; Seniors (age 65-plus) $12.50. Admission is free for those ages 19 and younger, museum members and active or retired career military. Free museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to four people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street.

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