Calling all ArtPrize Volunteers, Swing Set Drum Kit Needs YOU!

Photo by Federico Villalba

Friends and family in Grand Rapids, we are looking for volunteers who can help manage the line for swingers during ArtPrize.

The piece will be set up in Calder Plaza during the following hours M-Th 5-8 p.m., F & S noon – 10 p.m., Sun noon – 6 p.m. from Sept. 19 – Oct. 6.

If anyone is available for a shift, please let us know on the Facebook page for ArtPrize Swing Set Drum Kit or via email to thelisadshow@gmail.com.

Volunteer duties include; keep time for each swinger, remind voters of the vote code 53024, ask people nicely to stay in line and not cut, help crying children dismount the swing set even when they don’t want too and help Dave keep the piece making all the noise it is designed to make!

For more information on the piece and how it works visit the ArtPrize page at http://www.artprize.org/dave-ford/2012/swing-set-drum-kit.

Thanks for the help and if you can’t volunteer, try and spread the word!

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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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