James R Ford (Wellington, NZ, 2014)

Ford (b. 1980, UK) studied at Nottingham Trent University and then Goldsmiths College in England. He moved to New Zealand in 2009 and currently lives and works in Wellington. He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally, and in 2013 was winner of the inaugural Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist’s Award from the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike you in the face, KELDER, London, UK
If a Tree Falls, The Young, Wellington, NZ
The Enigma of Being, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2015
Jeopardy, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ

2014
Lollygag, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ

2013
Redbush and Milk, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Loopy, The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
Status Quo, 120 Courtenay Place, Wellington, NZ

2012
Infinite Monkey Syndrome, Square2, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, NZ
Snake Pis, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
Tongue-Tied and Tired, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2011
Air of the Irrational, Christian Ferreira at the Wapping Project, London, UK
Zero Expectations, Peloton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2009
Too Orangey For Crows, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Only Boring People Get Bored, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2008
Duchamp Played Chess; I Made Cranes, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

Two Person Exhibitions

2013
Content Missing, with Samin Son, JJ Morgan & Co / Development AIR, Auckland, NZ

2003
Crème Brulee: The Art of House Gymnastics, with Spencer Harrison, Northern Lights Gallery, Bristol, UK; Brahm Gallery, Leeds, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Welcome to the Jungle, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane, NZ
HYFR at Zeus, Zeus Gallery, Tauranga, NZ

2016
It sounds like I missed out on a lot while standing in the middle of the cloud, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, NZ
It’s pretty open, Demo, Auckland, NZ
Curiosity Series, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2015
All surface one moment, all depth the next, FourFOLD, London, UK
The Emperor’s New Clothes, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ
Parkin Drawing Prize 2015, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
The Emperor’s New Clothes, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Writing Art, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Unfold, FourFOLD, London, UK, FourFOLD, London, UK
Annual Winter Group Show, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Mythology of My Land, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
The Emperor’s New Clothes, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Cut + Paste: The Practice of Collage, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, NZ

2014
Evolve, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Tools of the Trade, The Wandering Room, Brisbane, Australia
Lying in Space, 30 Upstairs, Wellington, NZ
Melbourne Art Fair (PaulNache Gallery), Melbourne, Australia
Parkin Drawing Prize 2014, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
National Contemporary Art Award 2014, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
Whakaora, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane, NZ
Nothing but precious, Elbowroom Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Tools of the Trade, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Odd Peer Nexus, The Young, Wellington, NZ

2013
Saloon des Ferari 2, Ferari Space, Auckland, NZ
Auckland Art Fair (PaulNache Gallery), Auckland, NZ
Recent Acquisitions: Emerging and Established Artists, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
Studio Raids, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Wellington Underground Film Festival 2013, Wellington, NZ
Remake: Emerging Artists, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ

2012
Advent 2012, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Never Mind the Pollocks, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Creep, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Proposals, Ryan Renshaw Gallery Window, Brisbane, Australia
Gordon’s Walters Prize, Snake Pit, Auckland, NZ
Too Little Too Late, Snake Pit, Auckland, NZ
At Play 2012, South Hill Park, Berkshire, UK; Ovada, Oxford, UK
Never Mind the Pollocks, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Welcome, Satellite Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Never Mind the Pollocks, curated by James R Ford, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2011
Two Sides of the Same Coin, The Russian Frost Farmers, Wellington, NZ
Emergence, Auckland Art Week, Auckland, NZ
Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award 2011, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
Airline, ABC Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
Cliftons Art Prize 2011, The Majestic Centre, Wellington, NZ
Recent Acquisitions: Part II, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ

2010
Geometry Is Never Wrong, W+K, London, UK
At Play 2, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK
Spreading Blankets on the Beach, JJ Morgan & Co, Wellington, NZ

2009
Summer Group Show, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Encounters with Scale, Portman Gallery, London, UK
Sale, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK

2008
Irregular Pulse, curated by James R Ford, Ferreira Projects, London, UK
PURE_drawing+illustration, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2007
Designersblock @ 100% Design Tokyo, Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, London, UK
4C: SightSeeing Tour, GUM Factory, Saatchi & Saatchi, London, UK
Driven, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK
Extreme Crafts, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Feel Good Feel Bad Boys and Girls, Lange Gasse 28, Ausberg, Germany

2006
GIFT, Museum MAN, Liverpool, UK
Your Gallery@The Guardian, The Guardian Newsroom Gallery, London, UK
Objects in Waiting, End Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Knock Down Ginger, MyHouse Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Kitson Kaleidoscope, Kitson Road, London, UK
Terrible Toy Fair III, CBGB Art Gallery, New York, USA
Another Product – Britishness, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

2005
Never Finished, Always Ready, 75 Brushfield Street, London, UK
Bound_less, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

2004
Pictoplasma Conference, Cafe Moskau, Berlin, Germany
Exhibit.001 (Nth-Art), Ols $ Co Gallery, London, UK

2003
Re-Form, The Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Trailing Cables, PEA Gallery & 291 Gallery, London, UK
Disposable Generation, Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Made@Home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

2002
Blueprint, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2001
Starbucks, Sex and Space Invaders, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Curried Trout, The Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Curatorial Projects

2015
The Emperor’s New Clothes, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ; .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia; Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2014
Odd Peer Nexus, The Young, Wellington, NZ

2012
Never Mind the Pollocks, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ; PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ; St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2008
Irregular Pulse, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

Prizes and Awards

2015
Finalist, The Wallace Art Awards 2015, NZ
Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize 2015, NZ

2014
Finalist, The Wallace Art Awards 2014, NZ
Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award 2014, NZ
Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize 2014, NZ

2013
Winner, Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist’s Award, NZ

2011
Finalist, Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award, NZ
Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, NZ

2003
Winner, Net Art Category, Third Place Gallery/Sony Playstation2 Award

Books and Catalogues

2014
Fail Better, James R Ford selected works 2008-2013, text by Mark Amery, Jeremy Booth, Rudi Christian Ferreira, Matilda Fraser, Russell Herron, Justin Jade Morgan and Reuben Schrader

2012
Never Mind the Pollocks, exhibition catalogue, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2011
OVER UNDER AND AROUND, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award 2011, exhibition catalogue, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
Airline: an international drawing show, exhibition catalogue, ABC Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
Zero Expectations, exhibition catalogue, Peloton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2010
The Second Enjoy Five Year Retrospective Catalogue, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2008
Duchamp Played Chess; I Made Cranes, exhibition catalogue, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2007
4C: SightSeeing Tour, exhibition catalogue, GUM Factory, London, UK

2006
GROK: An Introduction to New Media Art, Interactive CD-ROM, Rhizome.org

2004
House Gymnastics, Random House/Ebury Press, London, UK

Selected Bibliography
2016
Capossela, F., If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Who Cares About Philosophy?, The Creators Project (Vice Magazine), 28 July 2016

2015
Dornauf, P., The Emperor’s New Clothes at Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, #500words, 14 September 2015
Gall, N., For the diary, Art Collector, Issue 72, April – June 2015
Walsh, K., The art of illusion, The Gisborne Herald, 02 April 2015
WWJD? In Conversation with James R Ford, #500words, 05 March 2015
Walsh, K., The game of art…, The Gisborne Herald, 05 February 2015

2014
Cardy, T., Starting from scratch, The Dominion Post, 10 December 2014
Patrick, M., Work, rest and play, Art Collector, Issue 69, July – September 2014
Walsh, K., The artist’s playground, The Gisborne Herald, 03 July 2014
Galleria, Threaded Magazine, Issue 16, 2014
Amery, M., Thinking well outside the box, The Dominion Post, 26 February 2014

2013
Powell, K., Art in action, Waikato Times, 29 August 2013
Have a nice cup of tea, Art News New Zealand, Spring 2013
Stewart, M., Nausea nets artist emerging award, The Dominion Post, 11 February 2013

2012
Hurrell, J., Is It Right to Laugh at Men Painting?, EyeContact, 7th December 2012
Men’s Business, Art News New Zealand, Winter 2012
Walsh, K., Deft touch reveals a different side to the contemporary ‘bloke’ artist, The Gisborne Herald, 03 May 2012
Amery, M., Pick and Mix, The Dominion Post, 19 January
Gardiner, S., NZ Wrap, 06 Never Mind the Pollocks, Australian Art Collector, January – March 2012

2011
Amery, M., Unusual Wellington Collective, EyeContact, published online 11 November
Godfrey, A., Body Fluid Artists, Bizarre Magazine, Issue no.178, August 2011
Feeney, W., Examining Drawing, EyeContact, published online 13 July

2010
Amery, M., Smashing Up, The Dominion Post, 22 July
Meehan, P., Ones to Watch: James R Ford, Jotta Magazine, 20 July
Pulverised car as art, The Dominion Post, 19 July
Fox, M., Bertos keen to join in on revenge demolition of car, The Dominion Post, 06 July

2009
Culture Check, The Dominion Post, 26 August
Hunter, A., REVIEW: Only Boring People Get Bored, Art Journal Online, 4 March
Essential things to see and do this month, Grafik, Issue no.171, March
Recommended exhibitions this month, Art World, UK/Int’l Edition – Issue 9, Feb / Mar
News in Pictures, Design Week, 22 January

2008
London for Free: James R Ford, Metro (London), 24 April
Essential things to see and do this month, Grafik, Issue no.161, April

2007
Pick of the Month – 4C: SightSeeing Tour, Creative Review, August

2006
Maynard, G., I stuck 4,342 toy cars on my old motor, Daily Express, 27 November
Phillips, A., From Ford Capri to General Lee, Southwark News, 7 September
Denes, M., Curate your own exhibition, The Guardian (G2), 6 September
Wilson, J., The art of smoking, LeftLion Magazine, Issue no.10, Spring
Eisele, K., Mex sport: House Gymnastics, Mex magazine (Switzerland), April

2005
Pepper, T., Making their own breaks, Newsweek International, 26 Sep – 3 Oct
Marchen, J., Hjemmefitness, Berlingske Tidende newspaper (Denmark), 9 April

2004
Hughes, G., Bogey Ball, Bizarre Magazine, Issue no.89, August
Perbos, L., Blanco, S., Latherrade, F., Do it Yourself, Buy-Sellf, Issue no.4 (France), May
Hearn, K., Chocolate starfish goes online, BBC-i Beds, Herts and Bucks (www.bbc.co.uk), published online 18 March
Poulson, A., But is it art?: General Carbuncle, Dazed&Confused, March

2003
Adams, T., Tips for a happy new you, The Observer, 28 December
Shields, A., Frothy table reading, Time Out London, 10-17 December
Eyre, H., How extreme is your house?, The Independent on Sunday, 07 December
The Most Remarkable things in Culture this Month, Esquire Magazine, December
The World in Pictures, Hello! Magazine, Issue no.784, 30 September
Moore, C., The Spectator’s Notes, The Spectator, 13 September
Wood, L., How to muscle in at home, Metro Newspaper, 19 August
Zweifel, P., Don’t try this at home: Jackass in the Living room, 20 Minuten Newspaper, Basel, Switzerland, 7 May
Kwok, D., Inside the World of House Gymnastics, Tablet Newspaper, Seattle, USA, Issue no.66, April
Jenkins, W., Driving me up the wall, Dazed&Confused, February

Residencies

2009
Artist in Residence, 33 things to do before you’re 10, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2008
Artist in Residence, Duchamp Played Chess; I Made Cranes, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2004
PVA LabCulture, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire, UK