Swing Set Drum Kit Plays 9 Shows in Chicago



In collaboration with Packer Schopf Gallery, Fountain Art Fair Chicago and Chicago Artists Month, Dave Ford’s Swing Set Drum Kit will tour the city of Chicago this fall; four neighborhoods, four venues, nine shows, Sept. 20 – Oct. 26.

Swing Set Drum Kit is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments. From the snare drum to sleigh bells, the visual and auditory layers to the piece are endless.

Swing by and play the drums!

Venue, dates, times

Fountain Art Fair Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St., (fountainartfair.com), Pilsen, $10, Sept. 20 – 22 

EdgeUp Festival, 6018 North Kenmore Ave., (6018north.net), Edgewater/Uptown, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 5-6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Dr., (773-256-0149), South Shore, Oct. 13, 2 – 7 p.m. 

Garfield Park Observatory Farmers Market, 300 N Central Park Ave, (312-746-5100), East Garfield Park, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Dave Ford is a visual artist living in Evanston. He shows with Packer Schopf Gallery, most recently wowing crowds with his Truck Drawings show Hauling Graphite: Five Road Recordings 



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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