“Truck Drawings” Opening listed in today’s Chicago Tribune

"Truck Drawings Santa Fe, NM, to Chicago, IL" opening at SHoP in today's art listings of the Chicago Tribune

Listing: Babies and bright ideas have been conceived in the back of a truck, so why not art? David Ford’s “Truck Drawings, Santa Fe, NM to Chicago, IL” is a series of drawings the artist is creating in the back of a truck to document his 1,300-mile journey. The floor of the truck is lined with paper while 100 pencil-tipped pendulums hang from the ceiling to create drawings from the truck’s movement as the Ford drives across the country. The result will be an 11-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall drawing.

Why go: It’s multitasking at its finest: Get from point A to B, and create art at the same time.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at SHoP (Southside Hub of Production). 5638 S. Woodlawn; free, southsidehub.org.

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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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