Parts and Labor: Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford

Parts and Labor: Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford

Thursday, Nov 23, 2017


August 5 – December 31, 2017 
Reception on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm 
Reception included with admission fee. This reception will also celebrate our upcoming exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

Fuller Craft Museum is pleased to present Parts and Labor: Print and Collage Works by Steve Ford, a survey of creative inquiry by an inventive artist who has explored the world of printmaking for the past nine years. In addition to his accomplishments in print media, Ford has earned international acclaim as one half of the jewelry-making duo Ford/Forlano (with David Forlano). Using foundational techniques, Ford composes the process driven abstractions with linocut blocks and collagraph plates. These matrices are often re-inked and reprinted to create visually complex surfaces embedded with much of the same design vocabulary as his jewelry—bold patterns, layered surfaces, energetic compositions, and evocative color schemes. The artist’s process is physical, as he quickly rolls the inks, shifts the substrates, cranks the sheets through the press, and at times, manipulates the paper through a folding and flattening technique. As the title suggests, Ford’s multifaceted body of work represents years of focused attention, physical engagement, and superb imagination.

About the Artist

Steven Ford was born in 1964 in Lafayette, Indiana. He studied glass and printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis after receiving his BFA in painting and printmaking from Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art at Temple University. His prints have been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Fresh Prints, 1990s to Now (2015), New York’s International Print Center (2009 and 2010), and Philadelphia’s JAGR Projects (2010). Ford’s prints are also included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Free Library of Philadelphia, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Woodmere Art Museum.

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm