VandenBerg (Calder) Plaza features 18 artists for ArtPrize 2012

The Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford will be one of 18 works featured in VandenBerg (Calder) Plaza during ArtPrize 2012. Each artists was chosen by plaza curatorial team ADORATION Detroit, an artist residency in Detroit.

From on their methods for curating Calder Plaza: As curators, we are exploring the relationships of space, time, and scale to objects and actions in public environments. We aim to infuse the space with minute, hidden, and temporary works. Through objects, installations, and a series of programmed performances, we will highlight the impact of public interactions and sensations, within public space. We wish to illuminate the organic, nuanced, and physical experience existing in the shadows of the vast, powerful, and monumental structures. The installations and performances in Calder Plaza will be documented through video. As an additional layer to the experience, the captured video will be projected onto a large, brick wall of the Grand Rapids Police Department. This public archive/artifact will reinforce the relationship between the two public spaces.

Visit the the ArtPrize venue page for Calder Plaza to see all 18 entries and learn more about the projects and the teams behind them. From miniature knit creatures place throughout the grass to and Eco Dance group, Calder Plaza is going to be a fantastic destination during ArtPrize 2012.

Click here to learn more about Calder Plaza’s line up.

Click here for a Google map of Downtown Grand Rapids.


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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