christopher west presents is pleased to announce White: Part 1 & Part 2, a two–part exhibition of works by Virginia–based artist J.T. Kirkland. Opening reception for the artist will take place on Thursday, July 1st from 5pm until 8pm featuring work from Kirkland–s White Paint series. There will be a secondary opening July 22nd from 5pm to 8pm featuring Kirkland–s latest body of work, Exploratory Paintings. The entirety of the two–part show will run through August 14th.
Kirkland’s reductive work strives to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers’ perceptions of surface and space through simple and precise gestures on wood. In White: Part 1, Kirkland uses pure white paint — the same found on a standard gallery wall — on Wenge wood to blur the boundaries between the physical space of the gallery and artwork. In White: Part 2, Kirkland introduces color into the works which are accentuated by a finely painted white line to delineate the colored form against the Maple wood grain. Kirkland has recently had solo exhibitions in New York City and Richmond, VA. He has also recently been awarded both an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in January of this year and the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum in 2009. This two–part exhibition offers a unique chance to experience two different, yet related, bodies of work by Kirkland in the same gallery. This is his first exhibition at the gallery. Images available upon request.