Tonight: Truck Drawings at Shop

Truck Drawings by Dave Ford at UICA, 2010

Visual artist Dave Ford will exhibit “Truck Drawings, Santa Fe, NM to Chicago, IL” at SHoP on October 22 at 5 p.m. To create the truck drawings, Ford drives an 18” Penske rental truck and in the back of the truck, the floor is lined with paper over which 100 pencil-tipped water bottle pendulums document the activity of the 1,300 mile journey. The final drawing is approximately 11’wide x 7’tall. The truck drawings will be unveiled and installed at SHoP starting at 5 p.m. and this will be Ford’s first exhibit in Chicago.

shOp 5638 S Woodlawn Ave. Chiacgo, IL.


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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