“Another TANKARD (6th Permutation)” is an immediate attention-grabber. The piece stands chin-high (to a 5-foot-7-inch person like me) and first looks like a tank, then a boat. Artist Travis Townsend of Lexington, Ky., in his artist’s statement, describes his work as “oddly familiar, nearly useful-looking sculptures” in which “the physical or metaphorical functions are left to the imagination.”
You bet. Plywood is his basic material but his screw heads have artistic as well as functional uses. “Another TANKARD” features chairs meant for some race of tiny people and thick twine connecting a small, mysterious wall-mounted object with the shadowy interior of the piece. Color touches are mostly baby pink or blue, and a target is outlined on the facing wall. “Another TAN- KARD,” with penciled notations on its surface and its overall air of transition, suggests the nervous workings of the creative mind.