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Townsend’s sculptures, drawings displayed in Union art gallery

Travis Townsend's art exhibit will be on display at the Union University art gallery until April 10.
Travis Townsend's art exhibit will be on display at the Union University art gallery until April 10.

JACKSON, Tenn.March 11, 2014 – Union University’s art gallery is hosting an exhibit by Travis Townsend through April 10.

The exhibit, titled “Recent Sculpture and Drawings,” features sculptures Townsend created from a variety of supplies, including wood, cardboard, paint and string. Drawings Townsend sketched on the gallery walls also connect with the sculptures.

“Embracing the unplanned, these oddly familiar, nearly useful-looking sculptures are imbued with human characteristics and gestures,” said Townsend, senior lecturer of art at Eastern Kentucky University, in his artist statement. “These things have handles, openings, drawn symbols and moveable parts, but like the mystery of a ritual object from a broken-down culture, the physical or metaphorical functions are left to the imagination. In an increasingly commercialized, displaced society, I’m attempting to build slow, somewhat clumsy objects that reveal a layered history.”

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in the Penick Academic Complex. A closing exhibit reception will be held April 10 at 5:30 p.m., at which Townsend will be present.

For more information, call (731) 661-5075.

By Beth Knoll

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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