James R Ford
Since 2002
Works in Yateley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
James R Ford is a British artist whose practice is engaged with pastimes, pursuits and obsessions. Ford delves into the activities and influences of his childhood as a way of both embarking and staying put. Exploring notions of repetition, boredom and idiocy with an overt sense of humour and pathos. His body of work consists of projects and investigations based around observations, process and play: focusing on drawing, assemblage, installation and film. He also utilises the Internet as a means of creating and disseminating ideas. Ford currently lives and works in Wellington (NZ).

Ford's best known artwork, House Gymnastics, is an exceptional example of the artist's knowledge and use of mass media to generate and distribute artwork. In 2002 Ford, with collaborator Spencer Harrison, created the faux fitness regime which started as an online project, developed a cult following, and became an internationally published book. In 2006 Ford co-curated the Kitson Kaleidoscope event with Mark McGowan: a two hour performance beamed live on the internet from Ford's bedroom in London. Participating artists included Sally O'Reilly, Russell Herron, Sarah Doyle and Brian Catling.

In April 2008 Ford exhibited a solo show of his work at Ferreira Projects, London, entitled Duchamp played Chess; I made Cranes in reference to Marcel Duchamp's (supposed) abandonment of art for chess and Ford's decision to dedicate his time to folding Origami cranes to the near exclusion of all other activity. Ford's follow up show in 2009, Only Boring People Get Bored, was an existentialist outing via reworked puzzles, games and by-products of boredom. The installation 33 Things To Do Before You Are 10 was shown as the result of his gallery residency as well as forming an integral part of the exhibition.
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Here is my article that i would like to submit for the next article - cheers

Have you ever wondered what happens to your cigarette lighter when you lend=
it to someone and don't get it back? This is a global, artistic collaborat=
ion to delve into the secret lives of lost lighters.

Lighters are handed out or posted to those who wish to be involved. The rec=
ipient photographs himself smoking a cigarette and submits it via SMS or em=
ail. He then passes the lighter on to a fellow smoker (either a friend or a=
stranger) and the process is repeated. Each lighter is numbered so they ca=
n be tracked on their travels: Six Degrees of Smoking.

http://www.jamesrobertford.com/works/six_degrees_of_smoking/

James R Ford
Artist [various projects and things]
www.jamesrobertford.com

OPPORTUNITY

Six Degrees of Smoking


Deadline:
Thu Sep 01, 2005 05:11

Have you ever wondered what happens to your cigarette lighter when you lend it to someone and don't get it back? This project is a global artistic collaboration to delve into the secret lives of lost lighters.

Lighters are handed out or posted to those who wish to be involved. The recipient then photographs themselves smoking a cigarette and submits it via MMS or email. He then passes the lighter on to a fellow smoker (either a friend or a stranger) and the process is repeated.

Each lighter is numbered and so they can be tracked on their travels. Visit the webpage below to view current smoking chains of photos:

http://www.jamesrobertford.com/works/six_degrees_of_smoking


DISCUSSION

Feecal the Little Chocolate Starfish


Feecal is a deconstruction and investigation into the systems within cartoons, their embedded/subliminal messages and our obsession with toilet humour. Join the Fan Club to enjoy many feecal treats!
www.littlechocolatestarfish.com

DISCUSSION

General Carbuncle needs your help!


After nearly 2 years of preparation, the General Carbuncle project is up and running. The aim is to transform a second-hand Ford Capri into the General Lee, from Dukes of Hazzard, by covering it in little toy cars, in the appropriate colours (mainly red and orange). If people have any toy cars to donate they can email info@generalcarbuncle.com and be provided with the official General Carbuncle postal address. The finished sculpture/installation will be a commentary on imitation, nostalgia and the state of the British monarchy. See www.generalcarbuncle.com for more information.

DISCUSSION

General Carbuncle needs your help!


After nearly a year of preparation, the General Carbuncle project is up and running. The aim is to transform a second-hand Ford Capri into the General Lee, from Dukes of Hazzard, by covering it in little toy cars, in the appropriate colours (mainly red and orange). If people have any toy cars to donate they can email info@generalcarbuncle.com and be provided with the official General Carbuncle postal address. The finished sculpture/installation will be a commentary on imitation, nostalgia and the state of the British monarchy. See www.generalcarbuncle.com for more information.