James R Ford is an artist whose varied practice includes drawing, assemblage, installation and film. His observative projects often feature play, chance and repetition, with recent work being of an existential nature, contemplating the workings of the universe and how we spend time, using everyday materials and absurd scenarios.
‘Performance of one kind or another is central to much of Ford’s work; whether the performing body is the artist’s own, that of a stand-in, or the audience themselves. In 2010 he staged an event where members of the public were invited to aid him in destroying his cursed Nissan Primera; another project bore the instructive title 33 things to do before you’re 10 (2007-2009) ; and an earlier work saw the invention of a new home based sport, House Gymnastics.’ (Lily Hacking, Curator, City Gallery Wellington, 2012)
Ford (b. 1980, UK) studied at Goldsmiths College in London and currently lives and works in Wellington. Ford has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and overseas and in 2013 was winner of the inaugural Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist's Award from the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts . In 2012 Ford curated a national touring exhibition of contemporary male artists based in NZ, entitled Never Mind the Pollocks, featuring creatives who employ intellect, keen observation and a lightness of touch in their work.