looking for a recollection
PLUG projects, KCMO
My most recent project is titled, looking for a recollection and was installed on 2 walls in a 40’ x 10’ gallery space here in Kansas City. The durational drawing/erasing was one work in 2 acts. This work was conceived as a response to Deleuze’s text Bergsonism. The work explores the relationship between duration and space engaging each as site for the drawing and focuses on the coalescence of two temporal fields occupying the same plane; the past and the present.
FRAME 301, BEVERLY, MA
For this public-facing work, the wall surface was first treated with a mixture of tinted portland cement and latex paint to create a surface that was both dark enough to create contrast and textured enough to accept the chalk. Each mark in this work has two components, a 3-second initial mark and a tail that descends from the initial mark to the bottom of the wall. This piece was made in response to my reading of a cross-cultural study investigating and attempting to quantify the duration of human perception of the present. The study suggested that this duration was 3 seconds long. The average hug, handshake, eye contact, greeting, kiss on the cheek, etc all lasted an average of 3 seconds. This drawing extended and accumulated a series of 3-second moments until their repetition and aggregation yielded a form.
a tidal gravity
MONTSERRAT GALLERY, BEVERLY, MA
The wall surface is burnished with powdered graphite until a glossy sheen emerges, the marks are made with an eraser pressed to the wall in a large sweeping gesture the marks were accumulated over a continuous 18-hour duration. The resulting work has a sense of depth and movement, and the creation of a new space, outside of time, born out of obsessive repetition. The title of this work references my self-published text examining obsession, perception and artistic agency.
in ghost time, simulcast bi-located durational drawing
2016 | detail
a heavy sea (London)
2015 | unfixed chalk on pavement
durational performance-drawing for Draw to Perform 2, international drawing & performance symposium
perceptual field drawing (London)
2015 | unfixed chalk on wall
6-hour durational drawing-performance for Draw to Perform 2, international drawing & performance symposium
we run ourselves aground (Boston)
2014 | projection
Kevin Townsend in an internationally recognized, Boston-based, interdisciplinary artist/educator. He is a professor at both Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Kevin’s time-based work centers around mark-making, obsession and our experience of ‘being in time’. His current work brings together elements of drawing, installation and performance where the resulting work is often public, durational, and temporary.