Jonathan Kirk, November 1, 2023


Jonathan Kirk, November 1, 2023
Jonathan Kirk
Calliope Hoogenboom
Abstract Steel Formalists
Art History
Object Making
Sculpture Space
Utica, New York
Jonathan Kirk is a self-described object maker and artist currently based outside of Woodstock in Willow, New York. He works with steel, wood, and cardboard. Kirk was a studio manager at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, from 1980 to 2000. During this time, he helped countless artists find their foothold in the world of sculpture. In this interview, Kirk speaks to his early life in Britain, his time at St. Martin's College of Art, his move across the pond to Syracuse University, and his early days at Sculpture Space. He describes Sculpture Space’s philosophy as uncompromising, staying politically neutral, being principled, finding the best artists we could, not taking any shortcuts. Kirk also describes shifts that he has observed in the art world over the course of his career.

I spoke to Jonathan Kirk in his new house in Willow, New York. He's recently moved on to this property with his partner Chris, who is an artist in her own right.

Jonathan Kirk speaks with a British accent. He frequently uses conjunctions and pauses in his speech while collecting his thoughts. In the transcript, I have done my best to keep the spirit of his speech intact. Researchers are recommended to consult the audio recordings to understand the tone that Jonathan Kirk uses.
Time Summary
TRACK 1, 0:00 - Early Life
TRACK 1, 2:06 - Art
TRACK 1, 7:05 - Sculpture Space
Calliope Hoogenboom
Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY