Three Minutes on a Park Bench With: Dave Ford

Evanston life through the eyes of an artist.

Artist Dave Ford
Artist Dave Ford
A relatively new transplant to Evanston, visual artist and sculptor Dave Ford has wasted no time settling in.

Ford, originally a Michigan native, spent 20 years away from the Midwest. Clearly, he’s stoked to be back. Now he just needs to figure out how to avoid those 'clipboard solicitors' (see below):  

Patch: What's your morning routine?

Dave: Deep breath. Insist my oldest son wears pants to school in sub 30 degree temps, make sure mine are on walking younger one to the bus stop.

P: What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job?

D: Swing Set Drum Kit is touring Chicago and showing at Packer Schopf Gallery. Working at MCA Chi, hanging art, wearing white gloves, and not listening to lengthy conversations. Love riding the massive freight elevator as a solo passenger and watching the broken plastic microwave ON button fly off every time.

P: What's the hardest?

D: Personally using the microwave oven and the astounding number of street clipboard solicitors between my train stop and the museum. "NO PHONE, YOU have NO Phone," I was busted pretending to talk with an empty ear-held hand to avoid one of them. Annoying.

P: How long have you lived here?

D: Landed in Evanston 2 1/2 years ago, back in the Midwest as a Michigan native after 20 years. Loving the seasons and the color of the sky.

P: What's your favorite thing about living here?

D: Without question, the Lake. We live 3 blocks away and every season is enjoyable being close to the water (ice at the moment). We can also walk to our places here: shops, the Y, library, restaurants. People talk to each other here, too, which has made me verbally more responsible.

P: If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?

D: For an assembly of less than 10, the Alcove, a tiny French inspired bar on Main Ave next to Lucky Platter would be perfect. Best Manhattans in Evanston. Seats about 8.

P: Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.

D: I am really a very reasonable and nice person. And I once climbed the Manhattan bridge in the middle of the night to bungee jump. Once.

P: When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get?

D: Love the Toulouse croissant from Bennison's Bakery on the weekends and the kids love the sweet stuff there. A char burger from Edzo's also works for me.

P: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

D: Entering fatherhood, “Sleep is for the weak.”

P: What are you doing after this interview?

Taking a nap

Go here to learn more about Dave Ford and his art.


Nominate someone from your community for the Patch Park Bench interview. Send suggestions to kathleen@patch.com.

Lisa Degliantoni April 28, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Dave Ford will show his Swing Set Drum Kit in Evanston at YEA on May 17 and Open Studios Evanston on June 7.


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