The Grand Rapidian covers Swing Set Drum Kit

Thank you Mark Spohn for the fantastic artist profile on Dave Ford and the Swing Set Drum Kit in Calder Plaza!

Click here to read the article. Below is a short excerpt.

“Come on! Grab a Swing!” says the artist Dave Ford as he reaches out and directs several adults toward one of the three fuzzy white seats. As if they were kids that received permission to do something they never expected approval for, they cautiously approach the carefully engineered swings. The once cautious bystanders become a part of the piece, carefree, chuckling back and forth, bringing a beam of satisfaction to Ford’s face. Standing over six feet tall, Ford wears a black coat carefully sprinkled with white paint. Parts of his “Swing Set Drum Kit” still lie on the ground in a box. Exchanging “thank you’s” with those around him, Ford continues to connect the final pegs, shoes, playing cards, bells and other ear-catching noisemakers. The closer one explores the “Swing Set Drum Kit” the more intricate the piece becomes. Each swing is individually connected to its own set of dings, booms, clicks and clacks. How the series of noises will play is dictated by how fast or slow one swings. When all three swings are up and running, it’s hard to look away.

See you at ArtPrize and vote: 53024.


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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