Jerome Kirk

Biographical Information

Jerome Kirk, (1923- ) was born in Detroit. After serving in World War II, he received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1951. Influenced initially by Alexander Calder, David Smith and Harry Bertoia, Kirk's work has set new standards in kinetic sculpture. Other pieces of his in Southern California can be seen at TRW in Redondo Beach ("Quest," 1968), the Mayer Building in Beverly Hills ("Aprovoid," 1982), Chapman University in Orange ("Light Wave," 1982 and "Random Rods," 1988) and the Koll Center in Irvine ("Avion," 1986). Los Angeles Times critic Suzanne Muchnic described Kirk as "a superb technician whose sculptures trigger a contemplative or mesmerized response by their gentle rhythms evocative of quiet music or graceful dance. His art lies in the skillful orchestration of forms in motion and in managing technology so well that it seems to disappear."1


1. Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1983, reported in "Jerome Kirk," Dana Monosoff Associates, Inc., San Francisco, c. 1987, p. 93.

The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, February 1999.

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