Slow Time: Alida van Almelo and Kevin Townsend
February 16 - March 17
PLUG Projects is excited to present Slow Time, featuring new work by Alida van Alemelo and Kevin Townsend. For this two-person show, each artist created a new piece specific to the space while responding to the energy of the other artist. Van Almelo’s expansive installations are made of hundreds of pounds of unfired clay, rolled and placed in floorbound compositions that call to mind tidal patterns and the slow time of geographic change. Townsend’s wall drawings also rely on intense durational and physical presence, taking form in response to the space and exchange of energy between artist and work. Where van Almelo’s process in the gallery is a slow accumulation of material creating form, in SLOW TIME Townsend excavates his drawings by making erasures into a dense field of charcoal coating the walls.
Opening Reception: February 16th 6-9pm
Alida van Almelo received her Master of Fine Arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, after receiving a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2016, she was awarded the distinguished Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship following her piece: Coriolis, and in 2017 Alida received the Bronze Prize and was in the top ten for the Viewer’s Choice Award at the 9th World Ceramics Biennale in Icheon, South Korea. Alida has been an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and runs her own studio out of the Knik Valley in Palmer, Alaska. Her work has been displayed at the World Ceramics Biennale in South Korea in 2009, 2015 and 2017. The power of the natural world as well as the extent of the mind and body inspire her active lifestyle as well as her artwork, which she explores through her site-specific installations.
Kevin Townsend is an internationally recognized artist and professor currently living and working in Kansas City as part of KCAI’s foundation department. Kevin’s expanded drawing practice centers around mark-making, obsession and the phenomenology of time. His current work brings together elements of drawing, sound, video, installation, and performance where the resulting works are temporary, durational, and often public. Kevin Earned his a BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University and an MFA in Art Practice from School of Visual Arts.