Kirk Lang | Statement


Objects have always intrigued me. They surround us at all times yet they each carry with them a unique history and aura. They communicate a deeper, more meaningful conversation about our own personal history and experiences, a sort of personal mythology. In essence, objects are able to simultaneously embody both what is tangible and intangible. What is physical and what is incorporeal.

This duality has become central to my current body of work. By tracing common, everyday objects with wire and pairing them with motion, I create a fleeting, ethereal form of those particular objects, a form that speaks to each object’s tangible and intangible nature.

Direct inspiration comes from a set of constellations identified by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (an 18th century French Astronomer) in his star catalogue titled Coelum Australe Stelliferum. The constellations are uncharacteristically named after inanimate objects, many of which are tools and instruments found in the artist’s studio. These tools and instruments are the subject matter for this body of work.



The wearable objects I create directly reflect my interest in astronomy and space exploration. The shapes, textures, materials and color palette found in the celestial environment are all elements that find their way into my work. Specific materials such as titanium, niobium and meteorite are chosen, as they are often used to construct components to explore space or naturally exist in space itself. In addition, softer and more malleable metals such as silver, gold and platinum are selected to compliment the rigid qualities of the aforementioned materials. The intended result is to make one of a kind wearable pieces that are functional, durable and evoke a sense of curiosity.