Drawing Room no.2 – Kevin Townsend

unfixed chalk drawing on 7 blackboard panels
(assembled as a 6’ x 6’ x 6’ 8” room in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood for 24 hours)

Each unfixed chalk line is a tendril of time; temporal, fragile and impermanent— holding sensation, attention and intention. A series of sequential moments represented as mark, are accumulated until structure emerges, mirroring the way a series of cognitions, sensations, minutes and seconds coalesce in our minds into a unified moment- the substance of memory.

The process, materials and form of this series evolved as a means of evoking binary oppositions— issues of temporality and permanence, strength and fragility, fullness and emptiness, presence and absence that resonate with our conception of and relationship to our memory.

Once completed each drawing lasts for a brief period of time in its location before the walls are reclaimed. The chalk is washed away, dissolving the drawing’s structure and marks. As the series progresses it will become impossible to fully cleanse the surfaces. Residual chalk will build in the grain of the wood, greying the dark field and reducing the contrast between the lines (of future drawings) and the ground. Pressure lines, from the heavy-handed act of drawing, will mar the surfaces and each panel will hold its own history, clouded by time and the residue of the past.



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