wrk-kevintownsend

wrk-kevintownsend:

FMG has shared the full Q & A  I did with Dan Coleborn (along side of the previously posted article) on their blog— 

Q: You have said that your current work encapsulates “issues of temporality and permanence” does this underlying concept have anything to do with the materials/mediums you chose to use to create this work – e.g., is the temporality you speak of represented by the temporality of the chalk that you often use?

A: Yes. As this series of work has progressed the idea of the work becoming a more direct metaphor for memory, ultimately lead to the work taking on some of the characteristics of being more fragile, malleable, temporary. As the drawings became more temporal, they also became more performative and public— I needed an element of risk and a way to further give up control and drawing with chalk in awkward and intimate places evolved very organically. Once the works shifted to the point where these repeated lines began being deposited on blackboards in public restroom walls, both the act of making/drawing and the drawing itself were exposed, the work became incredibly vulnerable. Protected by the privacy of the bathroom any visitor could anonymously wipe the drawing away or draw into it at anytime and yet they don’t. The custodians of these spaces have to make a determinations at the end of the evening or the following day about wether or not to erase the marks I’ve left. I also quite enjoy the added associations with chalk as a child’s mark-making tool or the instructional tool of the teacher.

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Q: And finally, do you think as artists we can use art to change the World?


A: Yes. Art has already changed the world several times – Artists gave a face to Christianity and these images were used to convert millions of illiterate people to a new worldview. America used art to support ideas about westward expansion. The final scene of George Lucas’s ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ revolutionised the prosthetic limbs industry, Kubrick’s ‘2001’ planted seeds for the iPad. I believe that the arts can show us what is possible. 
to quote  Arthur O’Shaughnessy (and Willy Wonka),

“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”

(these are just two of Dan’s questions)
the full Q & A is shared — HERE

7knotwind

7knotwind:

crayonic:

wrk-kevintownsend:

carried by strangers II (everything you think you’re hiding shows) Boston-Århus, Denmark
before (top) and after (below) with details courtesy of the recipient

ink on two 10” x 13” envelopes sent unprotected via standard post, marked by it’s journey

It’s quite an honor to be a helping hand to Kevin Townsend’s project.
3571 miles this envelope had to travel.
And it’s perhaps the most beautiful mail I’ve ever received.

thank you for your kind words and your help.
This project, despite its simplicity, is important and meaningful to me

I see the envelopes as vessels, occupying space, encapsulating and transporting time, attention and intention. Intimate hours spent marking their surface bound in the fibers, the topography of time held as a stain, passed from hand to hand and ultimately entrusted to someone whose hand I’ve never touched. Now you carry these moments…

I am content to know that someone else finds value or beauty in my efforts—