A SHADOW TOO HEAVY TO DRAG BEHIND ME
A DRAWING MADE BY ERASING, IN WHICH THE DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND CONSTITUTES THE FINISHED WORK
42 HOUR DURATIONAL DRAWING PERFORMANCE
COMPLETED IN 7, 6 HOUR SHIFTS OVER THE COURSE OF 1 WEEK—
DOCUMENTATION IMAGES ABOVE WERE TAKEN AT THE END OF EACH SHIFT AND ARE PRESENTED IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.
POWDERED GRAPHITE IS BUFFED AND BURNISHED ON A 7’ X 8’ SECTION OF WALL OVER THE COURSE OF 6 HOURS
EACH SUBSEQUENT 6 HOUR SESSION IS SPENT METHODICALLY REMOVING THE BURNISHED GRAPHITE FROM THE WALL SURFACE USING WHITE PLASTIC ERASERS
AT THE END OF EACH 6 HOUR SESSION A DOCUMENTATION IMAGE IS TAKEN
ALL ERASER SHAVINGS ARE PRESERVED, AS THEY ARE THE DRAWING
THE SHAVINGS ARE A PHYSICAL QUANTIFICATION OF TIME—
EACH SHARD IS EMBEDDED WITH THE GRAPHITE THAT WAS ONCE ON THE WALL AND THE PHYSICAL EXERTION REQUIRED TO REMOVE IT
a shadow too heavy to drag behind me
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.