About the Artist
Kirk Lang is a Seattle based Studio Artist. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry & Metals. His work can be seen in such publications as MJSA Journal, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and Metalsmith Magazine. He was selected for a solo exhibition at the Metals Museum in 2014 and for inclusion in the 2016 Biennial at the Bellevue Arts Museum. He has received several awards including an Artist Trust Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Grant and an Individual Project Grant from 4Culture. Most recently, he received a Saul Bell Design Award for his jewelry in both 2019 and 2020. Recurring themes in his work include time, space and mythology, in the form of wearable and interactive sculptural objects.
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, diamonds and other gemstones are often used to compliment the unique properties 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.