For the first time in the 10 year history of Artomatic, I am a participating artist. Actually, I am participating in the arts extravaganza two ways, one as a solo artist and one as part of the collaboration, Space Between. Be sure to check the Space Between blog for updates on that project with John M. Adams and Matt Sargent.
The solo installation is located on the 2nd floor in space 2-3-P-4. Here are some images:
Here's the statement that I published with the piece:
I am interested in dealing with the environment I have been given on its own terms. For me, wood – whether it be cheap plywood or exotic hardwood – is inherently beautiful. My goal as an artist is to create a space for contemplation and appreciation. By process of negation, I remove material until I have less than when I started. The gesture of the hand-drilled holes arranged in a specific composition strives to bring the viewer’s attention inward, to the beauty of the wood. In effect, my work only serves to bring forward that which is already there. For me, the provided wall is more than enough.
As mentioned above, I also participated in a collaborative effort (2-15-P-4). Here are images:
Here is the accompanying statement:
Displayed here at Art-o-Matic is a selection of teasers for our collaboration thus far: Kirkland’s photographs are suggestive of video created by a series of nature photographs that undergo subtle changes in saturation. Sargent uses analogues of Kirkland’s saturation to process a series of ambient field recordings for his sound piece. Adams’ wall-drawing is an immediate intuitive response to Sargent’s work, previewing a larger live-performance piece that the two artists are developing. The small diptych at center is a sample from a series of “trigger and response” pieces by Adams and Kirkland.
Finally, an early review has been publsihed by Kevin Mellema in the Falls Church News-Press. The key bits are copied below:
Far more visually entertaining is a small panel Kirkland is showing in a collaborative space with John M. Adams (last reviewed at Greater Reston Arts Center) and Matt Sargent, in an exhibit titled, "Space Between."
Adams has one of his typical horizontal line abstract paintings and a larger undulating abstract drawing. Here Kirkland plays off Adams' horizontal lines by painting horizontal stripes on this panel, and then drilling the board in a seemingly haphazard, overlapping fashion. The panel has the notion of musical scores about it, which appropriately is also part of this collaborative effort. More than any other, Kirkland's piece seems to tie it all together.
You have until July 5 to see the show. Don't miss it!