Kevin Townsend’s expanded drawing practice is driven by monumental questions about time, duration, obsession, and mark-marking while simple, small details often animate it. The artist’s meditative works range from intimately scaled, delicate drawings that develop over hours on paper to large, architecturally scaled pieces that evidence days of marking. While the practice of drawing traditionally lends itself to creating a picture or “thing,” Townsend engages this discipline as a document or record of time and memory. Beginning with a single line, the artist draws each proceeding mark in response to the one before it. The result indexes a laboring body’s movement through space and the passing time. On a micro level, Townsend’s drawings are individual, humble marks that accumulate to resemble swarms, clouds, and compressed typographies. Without a definitive edge or ending, each drawing is a boundless meditative performance that traces and archives the passage of time. Townsend’s repetitious, uncomplicated marks are synchronously time consuming and embracing of chance, allowing his work to exist within a liminal space that is equally structured and organic.
About the Artist
Kevin Townsend is a Kansas City-based artist with an expansive drawing practice that fuses mark-making, duration, and temporality. His obsessive drawings range from intimate works on paper to large works at the scale of architecture. Townsend’s drawings are rendered and exhibited on urban surfaces, building facades, interior spaces, museums, and galleries in cities across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His drawings simultaneously index the passage of time and a laboring body’s movement through space. Each mark is a tick of the clock, a thought, a decision, and an action that, once collected, evoke swarms, fields, clouds, flows, or topographies.
Townsend holds a BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City.
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