J.T. Kirkland’s reductivist style and execution is part of his desire to strive for clarity and resolution in line, color, and form. The intention is to challenge viewers’ perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood; a celebration of wood as art. His series is best appreciated over several viewings with focused attention. His latest series “Subspace” include pieces that create a new painted plane contained within the confines of the plywood panel. Tension between the painted form and windowed internal spaces, invites the viewer in for-closer inspection.
Kirkland has had various solo exhibitions at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2014, Richmond, Virginia), McDaniel College (2014, Westminster, MD), Larson Gallery at University of Minnesota (2010, St. Paul, MN), and University of Pheonix (2005, Reston, VA); various group exhibitions at McLean Project for the Arts (2013, McLean, VA) and Greator Reston Arts Center (2013, Reston, CA), and many other places. His work is included in the permanent collection of the University of Kentucky Art Museum.