Brian Kirk is fascinated by the compelling and delicate balance between human intent to direct desired outcomes versus the inevitable surrender to Nature’s process of erosion and rebirth. His art harnesses reclaimed steel that conveys industrial prowess and raw, bold energy. But there is also an ever-present acceptance of natural chemical reactions that–with time–enable simple elements of water and oxygen to disable even the strength of steel. The ebb and flow of tides, changing phases of the moon and evolutions of patterns in Nature are frequent themes. After receiving fellowships in Japan and China, Kirk was deeply influenced by Eastern philosophies such as the concept of “Wabi Sabi”– the impermanence of life and beauty in aging. His art represents harmonious but opposing forces at work.