Chalk the Block in the El Paso Times

The El Paso Times has an entire section devoted to coverage of Chalk the Block 2011:

The big draw: Temporary art takes many forms at this year’s Chalk the Block fest in Downtown El Paso

By Doug Pullen \ El Paso Times

Marina Monsisvais calls Chalk the Block, the city’s annual chalk art festival, “experiential.”
The core of the growing 4-year-old festival, which returns to Downtown El Paso today through Sunday, is art drawn in chalk on sidewalks and other paved surfaces in the Arts Festival Plaza and San Jacinto Plaza.
But it becomes so much dust in the wind in a matter of days.
“In a few days, the art is gone. If you snooze, you lose,” said Monsisvais, who co-chairs the committee that organizes the three-day event for the city’s Museum’s Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation.
Festival organizers have tried to come up with more ways to keep area residents from missing the free festival.

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Click here to read about Dave Ford’s Swing Set Drum Kit project in Chalk the Block.


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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