12 More Days Until ArtPrize

Artists are already installing works in Downtown Grand Rapids and tonight ArtPrize photographer/videographer Brian Kelly talks at Grand Rapids Art Museum’s showing his video montages of ArtPrize from 2009-2011. Click here to visit the ArtPrize YouTube channel to watch Kelly’s videos and get excited for ArtPrize!

There is very little time left before the Swing Set Drum Kit will be assembled and on display in Calder Plaza as part of ArtPrize 2012. The sculpture will move from Evanston, IL, to Grand Rapids, MI,  next week and pictured here is just one of the many pieces that will make the trip east.

For those of you finding out about Swing Set Drum Kit for the first time, be sure to visit Dave Ford’s artist profile page at http://www.artprize.org/dave-ford/2012/swing-set-drum-kit for more information on this exciting sonic sculpture.

The Swing Set Drum Kit will be part of Adoration Detroit’s show in Calder Plaza featuring more than 20 artist’s works. Where exactly will the Swing Set Drum Kit be in Calder Plaza?  Ford will install it on a patch of grass under some trees, but you’ll be drawn to it from afar with all the bells, gongs, whistles, booms coming off of the drum set. Have an awesome ArtPrize!


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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