Chalk the Block 2011 Features Dave Ford’s Swing Set Drum Kit

Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16, Downtown El Paso hosts the 4th annual Chalk the Block Arts Festival, with an emphasis on engagement with art– combining temporary sidewalk murals, site-specific installations, performances, food & fun.

Proud to be on this year’s list of performers, Dave Ford is creating a swing set drum kit designed to generic rhythmic patterns out of play.

This video was created during the early days of the project, when the kinks were being worked out. Check back for more videos and photos.

Visit www.chalktheblock.com or http://www.fordart.com for more information.

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About Dave Ford

An avid collector of handwritten grocery lists, Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Afterward, in typical American folklore fashion, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” The drawings, which document the truck’s movement with dozens of pencils, proved to be fruitful and were featured in the sixth edition of Dave Eggers', McSweeneys in 2000. This attention generated several commissioned drawings and with the artist’s subsequent move to El Paso, Texas, long distant drawings to Connecticut and San Francisco became logistically possible. The opportunity to do a live drawing from the El Paso-Juarez Border to Grand Rapids for the Artprize event has re-invigorated the truck idea. Dave Ford is currently living in Evanston, Illinois, where he is working on a Swing Set Drum Kit piece.
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