Bread and Salt Exhibition Photos

In our last update we told about a new opportunity we’d been given.  Well, here are the photos that show the results of that opportunity.

Four artists, 40,000 square feet, four installations.

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Joseph Huppert

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To view A LOT more FULL SIZE photos click below to go to Michael’s Flickr page:

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ICE inside Bread & Salt

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Ya know, just when it seems as though no one’s paying attention to you, along comes an opportunity out of the blue.  Two months ago none of us knew anything about Jim Brown and his architecture firm, Public, or his newly acquired huge project, Bread & Salt.  The latter being a 40,000 square foot building built in the early 20th century which was, until recently, a Weber bakery.  Jim had apparently been silently paying attention to ICE Gallery and, just when we were about to be evicted from our space in North Park, offered us a spot at Bread & Salt!  Wow, we’re so appreciative for the offer and the opportunity.  Our new space will be much smaller, but it has a lot of potential and we’re extremely excited to get to work on it.

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Not only were we offered a new space in a small corner of Bread & Salt, we were also given the opportunity to tackle the entire 40,000 sq ft building.  The building is more or less still in it’s raw Weber bakery state, minus most of the heavy machinery.  There’s a ton of work to do before the building is ready to be inhabited by it’s future art and design tenants.  Perfect!  That’s just the kind of space we hope for.  It’s the kind of thing we’ve been talking about for the last few years (“Wouldn’t it be great to be offered an interesting space where you’re able to create anything you want?”) and now we’ve been given a shot.

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The four of us have staked out our individual spaces throughout the building and are in the process of installing what is shaping up to be a very solid and diverse exhibition.  We hope you’ll come join us and see it for yourself on Friday, February 8th, from 6-9.  This one is a big deal for us and we’re anxious to show you the work plus the unique building that we’ll soon be a part of.

Thanks Jim and Isabel!

PS – check out this nice write up for the show in San Diego CityBeat

Our last show: Tom Driscoll

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We couldn’t have been more pleased with our last show at ICE Gallery.  It was such a pleasure to work with our good friend Tom Driscoll, and he didn’t disappoint with his final results.  We gave Tom free reign to show any work he wanted and to do anything he saw fit with the space.   Initially he asked us what kind of show/work we wanted to see from him.  Our response was to tell him “it doesn’t matter what we want.  You just do the exact show that you want to see, and we’ll help you realize it”.

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The photo above is what the gallery looked like about 2 weeks before the opening.  The space had been a disaster for so many months, it felt good to get it all cleaned up and ready for install one last time.

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Tom’s idea for an “all foam show”, along with his decisions on how to show the work was just the kind of unique approach we love about Tom and his work.  Just about every piece was made specifically for the show and a couple pieces were made specifically with the space in mind.

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We had the best turn out to date at the opening and everyone seemed to really enjoy the work.  In fact our good friend Philipp Scholz Rittermann was so excited by the show that he offered to shoot it for Tom.  The shots came out great!  Check them out full screen in the slideshow below.

Tom Driscoll Opening – ICE Gallery Closing

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Local sculptor Tom Driscoll has supported ICE Gallery since the beginning and we are very excited to return the favor.  We are extremely proud and honored to have Tom’s work be a part of our last exhibition.  We hope you will attend.  Friday, December 7th, 6pm – 9pm.

 

Here are some examples of Tom’s work.

ICE is officially dead. One last hoorah!

Photo by Kinsee Morlan

The reason we never fixed the roof:
Once all of our donations were collected the next step was to contact the property management and talk to them about drafting a new lease agreement.  We wanted it in writing that if we spent the time and money to fix the roof that they wouldn’t raise our rent or evict us prematurely.  We never got the opportunity to talk to the property manager.  He dodged us for weeks.  Weeks turned into months.  We had been trying since spring to get a hold of the guy.  We just recently gave up.

What killed ICE?  What now?:
We got information a couple weeks ago that a local architect was buying the property, the whole block in fact, and had plans to demolish the building in order to build new housing and shopping.  We found this out not from the owner of our building but through mutual friends of the architect.  We still had yet to hear from the owner.  Through yet another friend who used to work for the architect we found out that the plans for demo weren’t going to be implemented for at least a few months.  So we scrapped all plans to fix the building (obviously) and decided we’d temporarily patch the roof and try to have at least a couple more shows before it all ended.   We finally heard from the owner this week.  Our eviction notice came via their lawyers.  We have to be out by January 1st.

The good news:
As far as ICE goes, well, it’s dead.  If there’s no old ice factory then what’s the point in calling it ICE Gallery?  However, the ICE gang has been offered a new space in a very interesting art and design building that will open next year.  We’re so excited!  So plan on seeing more activity from us in the months to come.  We’ll keep you in the loop as more details are solidified.   In addition, we’re planning on having one more opening before January 1st.  We’re very happy that our good friend Tom Driscoll is planning on doing a site specific installation before fate deals it’s final blow.

Barring any further unforeseen circumstances, the opening for Tom Driscoll’s show will be Friday December 7th – details to come.  We can’t wait to see what Tom comes up with!

We are so very grateful to everyone that came out to the openings and to all who showed interest in what we do.

A special thanks to those who donated to the “Save ICE Gallery” fund earlier this year:

Philipp Scholz Ritterman, Pamela Putian, Edith Baumann, Joan & Reuben Baron, Amanda Durbin, Mathew Simms, Harmony Murphy, Naomi Tarle, Marissa Feliciano, DJ Mane One, Jenna Jacobs, Juan Villescas, Paul Roberts, Kinsee Morlan, Ben Strauss-Malcolm, Christina Hendershaw, Therese James Chung, Jeannie Armstrong, Sarah Trujillo-Porter, Alex Calderon, Jon Hall, Seth Combs, Mara De Luca

If we somehow forgot your name (we hope not!), let us know.

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!

Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere.  We’ve got big plans for 2013. ;)

New work by Joseph Huppert at Quint Gallery

One of the ICE gang, Joseph Huppert, will have new work in a group show at Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla.  Opening Reception is Saturday, June 2nd, from 6pm – 8pm.  If you can’t make it to the opening, the show will be up until July 14th.

 

We’d show you a picture of his elegant cut-drawings, but the work is nearly impossible to capture in photographs.  Just come and see them yourself, It’s worth it.

So, what the hell is going on with ICE?

Well, we’re still gearing up to replace the roof but it’s been a slow process.  Our fundraiser late last year was just short of being a failure.  However, thanks to 23 very gracious individuals, we did obtain about $2700 which we are still sitting on.  The next step is to find a roofer/contractor who can give us some free step by step advice on how to do the job ourselves (anybody know one?).  We don’t even know if it’s going to be possible with only $3000, but what other choice is there?  Such is life.  We’re still going to try our hardest.

On a brighter note, when we do finally get ICE back on it’s feet (hopefully by the fall) one of our first orders of business will be to have an exhibition with local artist Tom Driscoll.

In the past, ICE has been solely at the disposal of the 4 guys involved (and we’re still not going to be taking submissions or anything like that) – but when our buddy Tom Driscoll invited us to see his studio, we were all so impressed that we knew we wanted to show his work (he also got extra points for being the only local artist to come to every opening at ICE, usually accompanied by another great San Diego artist, Richard Allen Morris).  Tom is a highly under appreciated artist that has been making art in San Diego for many years (he even used to have a studio right across the street from ICE!)  We know Tom will do something great with our space, but until that time please enjoy some photos we took during our visit to Toms studio (the slideshow can be viewed full screen):

New Work By Lee Lavy

Even though ICE is in hibernation (soon to awaken by summer we hope), the ICE gang has been active.  You can see one such example this Thursday, the 15th of March, by visiting an exhibition of new works by Lee Lavy at the San Diego State University Fine Arts Department in room 418C.  We’ll be there from 5pm – 9pm and we hope to see you there as well.

 

ICE has received 25% of intial pledges

Hello Friends, Supporters, and Followers of ICE Gallery.

As you may know, when the “Save ICE Gallery” fundraiser was unsuccessfully funded, we reached out to all that had originally pledged to ask that they please go ahead and pledge to the project anyway.  If every one of the 36 original supporters goes ahead and honors their initial pledge ICE would stand to receive just over $4000.  We sent out that call for pledges just over two weeks ago, and since then have received about 25% of those initial pledges from 9 of 36 individuals.

The ICE gang is incredibly anxious to get started on building our new roof but we can’t do much in the mean time unless we get your help.  To those who still plan on honoring their initial pledge, we would humbly appreciate you doing so as soon as is convenient for you.  In regard to those for whom the thrill is gone and you no longer wish to donate, that’s fine, we won’t be offended.  But we do ask that you please send us a message to let us know.  No sense in holding out for something that isn’t to be.

As was promised in the initial fundraiser, we are still offering one of a kind pieces of art for pledges over $100 so that your philanthropy isn’t entirely one sided.  For pledges below $100, you’ll still receive a generous thank you in the mail as well.

Again, we’d love to hear from all of you, whether it’s to say you’re still on board or to let us know you’re jumping ship.  We would just like to assess where our funds stand so that we can evaluate how to proceed with the project.

Please email us at icegallerysd@gmail.com and we’ll give you info on where to send your donation, whether it be check or PayPal.

As always, we greatly appreciate all of our supporters.
Michael, Thomas, Lee, Joseph

                                                                                                       Photo by Kinsee Morlan

Save ICE Gallery Fund Needs You

WE DIDN’T MEET OUR GOAL BY THE DEADLINE BUT WE CAN STILL USE YOUR HELP.  PLEASE KEEP READING FOR MORE INFO.

If you’ve been following our progress through the USA Projects site you may already know that we did not meet our fundraising goal by the deadline.  One of the stipulations of posting a project on USA is that you must reach your goal by the deadline or you won’t receive any of the pledged funds.  However, before the deadline we were able to raise $4085 thanks to the generosity of 36 individuals.  That’s pretty good!  In addition to that $4085, another individual has promised a substantial pledge.  So combined with what’s already been pledged, plus the funds we already have, the ICE fund could potentially have over $6000.  That’s where you come in.  Even though it’s less than our original fundraising goal, we feel like $6000 is too much money to give up, but we need your help

Your task is simple.  Our USA fundraiser is over, but we’re asking you to still pledge to the cause.  However, instead of doing it through USA we’re asking you to send us your pledge via a check or PayPal.  Checks are preferable due to PayPal taking 3%, but for those of you donating via credit card, PayPal would be just fine (if you’d prefer to use PayPal, we’ll send information on how to do that).  We realize a check is a few extra steps for you, what with the actual writing and mailing, but if need be we’ll even send you a self addressed stamped envelope.  :)  Plus we are still offering one of a kind pieces of art from Michael, Lee, and Tom in exchange for your pledge.  You actually get something in return for your philanthropy!

We are determined to keep our space any way we can, but we can’t do it without your help.  Please email icegallerysd@gmail.com  if you would like to pledge and tell us how you would like to send it (check or PayPal.  or for those in town we can come and pick it up from you).  Remember, if everyone who already pledged keeps their commitment we’ll end up with over $6000.  Plus there’s time for people that didn’t pledge during the fundraiser to still do so.   We’re incredibly anxious to get our space fixed so that we can go back to making bigger and better installations this year.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Michael, Thomas, Joseph, Lee