7 Days Until ArtPrize!

With only seven more days left until the start of ArtPrize 2012, it’s nearly impossible to hold back the excitement.

The Swing Set Drum Kit will be installed in Calder Plaza in just a few days and the final elements are still being added and worked on. One thing this piece elicits is questions from viewers like “Did you think about adding cowbells?” “Are you going to add a horns?” And for those inquisitive viewers there will be a list of hidden noisemakers, to include sleigh bells! You’ll hear them before you see them and given that the piece attracts tons of  swingers, you’ll have time to seek out all the hidden objects while you’re waiting in line.

Don’t forget that you’ve got to register before you can vote for Swing Set Drum Kit at 53024! To register right now visit http://www.artprize.org. And check out Dave Ford’s profile page at http://www.artprize.org/dave-ford/2012/swing-set-drum-kit to see a video of the Swing Set Drum Kit in action.

See you in a couple of days and Happy Artprize 2012 to you all!


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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