Photos of 3450 Threads are up

A very grateful and sincere thank you to everyone that helped me make this piece a reality, to Philipp for helping me document it, and to all of those who made a special trip to come and see it.

Click HERE to see photos by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.

Below are some lesser quality iphone photos that I took along the way.













Last chance to see 3450 Threads






The last day to see “Three Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Threads” will be Sunday, November 22nd. If you wish to make an appointment, click on the Contact button above and send me a message. I’m available to show it any day between 10:30 – 4:00. Again, ICE Gallery does not have operating hours. If you’d like to see this piece you’ll have to make an appointment.

The above photos are by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. I’ll post the whole set once the show closes. It is the case with most art, but especially with this piece, that a photo is a very poor substitute for seeing it in person. So don’t settle for regret. Come see this thing! I hope to hear from you soon.

3450 Threads

Ok, we’re ready to roll! This installation took about 4 times longer to complete than I thought it would but it’s finally finished.

For multiple reasons, there will be no opening reception. Perhaps there will be a closing, I haven’t decided. Instead I’d like to invite you to contact me through this website (or any other way you’re connected to me) to set up an appointment. The piece will be lit at night and viewable through the windows. However, I’ll only be showing it from the inside during daylight hours as this is when it looks it’s best. If you’d like to come and see it I’m available to show it almost any day. Just give me 24 hours notice and we can set up a convenient time for you


Thank you to all of those that helped me complete this piece. It would’ve taken me weeks to do it on my own.

Thanks to Mark, Storm, Kyle, Philipp, Trista, Terry, Jason and the Toms.

Extra special thank you to these two guys:


Andrew and Sol, you guys worked your butts off. Thank you so much!

Opening Reception CANCELED

3450 threads postponed

It turns out that an installation involving 3500 threads evenly spaced a 16th of an inch apart is a really ambitious undertaking. In my announcement for the opening I mentioned that while I enjoy doing interesting exhibitions with others, the main reason for continuing ICE is to do my own exhibitions. As an artist who is interested in making site conditioned works, having access to a space where you can apply that method is paramount. I’m fortunate enough to have access to such a space. A sort of R&D laboratory and gallery all in one. I love that. I love that I have the freedom to experiment and to fail, to discover and to learn. In this case it was the timeline that was a failure, not the piece. The piece is going to work just fine.


To be honest I wasn’t entirely confident that I would finish this installation in time for the opening date. I picked the date a couple weeks ago because it was the most convenient for my schedule this month. I planned, made mock ups, had plenty of help. It just ended up being too soon. Oh well, it’ll just have to get moved to a later date. Maybe next weekend, maybe the end of the month. I’ll let you know.


What I do know is that, just from the little bit that was accomplished, this piece is going to be very interesting. I’m extremely excited to show you the final outcome. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. Stay tuned.





Michael James Armstrong – Opening Reception

3450 threads

As much as I enjoy having exhibitions of other peoples work at ICE Gallery, ultimately the main reason I keep the space is to have my own. After 13 months since reopening, that’s finally going to happen. This will be my first site conditioned installation since 2013. I hope to see you.


6pm – 9pm

1955 Julian 92113

A closing reception and some press for Tom Driscoll

Tom Driscoll Artbound

It’s not often that San Diego artists get written about for publications or blogs that reach outside of the county. Other than CityBeat, who seems to be the most consistent, local coverage for art in San Diego is rather pitiful. That’s why I was pleased that Robert Pincus decided to make Tom Driscoll the subject of his maiden piece for Artbound.  It’s fantastic that Artbound/KCET is making an effort to cover all of southern California, not just LA. We’re small, but there are some interesting things happening down here in SD.

Speaking of interesting art…

Tom Driscoll at ICE Gallery


Closing reception is this Saturday, May 2nd, from 6-9pm. See you there.

ICE Gallery Extended Family Art Shows

There are 2 shows this weekend involving 3 people related to the ICE Gallery family.

The first is the 2014 San Diego Art Prize Recipients at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library including Joseph Huppert and Philipp Scholz Rittermann.

3/27/15  6:30-8:30



The second is at the Harmony Murphy Gallery in downtown Los Angeles including Joseph Huppert and Thomas DeMello

3/28/15  7:00-9:00




Tom Driscoll – Opening Reception

Driscoll Studio Cones

Ever since I saw the way Tom had his concrete cones displayed in his garage I’ve been itching to see them in a proper exhibition. Cut to 3 years later and the time has come to show just about every last one that he has. Some date back 20 years, however most have never been shown. The 16 foot tall walls in the gallery will be well utilized.

Please join Tom and I on Saturday, March 21st, 6-9pm.

Tom Driscoll Announcement web