Over the past six years I’ve created a series of paintings called Subspace which most commonly are executed with house paint on plywood. Although the works in the series are seemingly disparate at times, there are common themes consistently present: formal and rigorous compositions, use of readily available materials sourced solely from home-improvement stores, playful and open-ended conceptual interests, a literally reductive approach to art-making.
I strive to collaborate with wood such that my artistic gesture serves to bring attention to the wood’s natural beauty and complex visual patterns. I’m interested in exploring the area where painting meets sculpture; fine art meets craft, and space inside meets space outside.
J.T. Kirkland was born in 1978, in Lexington, KY. He is a largely self-taught artist and has his degree is in Economics from Centre College in Danville, KY. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country. In 2013, Kirkland’s work was published in New American Paintings — South Region. In 2012, he was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In January 2010, Kirkland was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant. His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection. In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C. He is currently represented by Blank Space in New York, NY, Guthrie Contemporary in New Orleans, LA, and Adah Rose Gallery in Washington, DC. He resides in Sterling, VA.