34zero9 Art Studios Presents J.T. Kirkland Remnants

By Editorial Team on August 10, 2016

Sat, 13 August 2016 - Sun, 09 October 2016

Photo courtesy of 34zero9 Art Studios.
Photo courtesy of 34zero9 Art Studios.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13 from 6pm to 9pm


34zero9 Art Studios presents Remnants, a solo exhibition by J.T. Kirkland. The gallery will be hosting a reception for this exhibition along with Resident Artist Open Studios from 6-9pm on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Resident artists Matthew Grimes, Barbara Januszkiewicz, and John M. Adams will open their studios to the public to share their artwork and creative process.

Remnants will feature new experimental work with a more playful approach than is typical of Kirkland, which attracted the curator (and resident artist) John M. Adams.

Over the past several years, J.T. Kirkland created paintings executed on shaped plywood panels. Initially painted in a standard rectangular format, as a final step to the painting process the paintings were cut into unusual shapes to focus the viewer’s attention on what’s present and not present. The fragments no longer present were set aside as studio waste. Eventually, as the pile of colorful scraps grew larger, the possibility of them being re-purposed emerged.

Kirkland’s primary pursuit in the studio is focused on rigorous hard-edged abstraction with a conceptual interest in fine art versus craft. But when presented with the opportunity to show his work in the Micro Gallery at 34zero9 Studios, he said:

“The Micro Gallery is a very interesting space in terms of its location, accessibility, and audience. Compared to my previous exhibition opportunities it’s very informal. Initially the space presented an enormous challenge in that I couldn’t grasp how my typical paintings could be best presented. But while working in the studio one day I glanced over at my large pile of scraps from past work and thought that perhaps this was a wonderful opportunity to loosen up and re-purpose my work. So I set out to create a series of collages that took inspiration from things like children’s toys; art movements such as Cubism; and direct artistic influence from Anne Truitt, William Christenberry, and Martin Puryear. Ultimately this work is literally comprised of the same materials as my previous paintings but their presence is entirely different.”

Remnants will be on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from August 3 – October 9, 2016.

34zero9 Art Studios is located at 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information about 34zero9 Art Studios and Micro Gallery please visit www.34zero9.wix.com/34zero9artstudios or contact John M. Adams at 202-557-9495 (john@thefullempty.com).