Closing Reception: Philipp Scholz Rittermann

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This Friday, February 27th, from 6-9pm is your last chance to see the site conditional photo installation by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Seeing this piece in person is truly a unique experience. It would be a shame if you didn’t get to see it before it’s gone forever.

Opening Reception: Philipp Scholz Rittermann

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It’s great to be in a position to facilitate the opportunity for an artist I respect to exhibit work they wouldn’t normally make. I’ve know for many years now that Philipp Scholz Rittermann is an exceptional photographer with an impeccable eye for detail. As would be expected, being a photographer, Philipp is used to making flat work. However, I had a feeling that he was itching to take his work off the wall and into a more three dimensional realm. I had no idea what to expect when I asked him to take a shot at making a site specific piece for ICE Gallery, but I trusted that he could come up with something interesting.


Please join us Friday January 9th from 6-9pm and participate in an immersive site conditional photographic installation.

Opening Reception – Objective: Subjectivity

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Objective: Subjectivity
An art exhibition featuring objects, both natural and manufactured, unaltered by the artist. Three pieces per artist displayed as-is with the aim of communicating to the audience the intrinsic beauty that can be found in seemingly mundane or usually overlooked objects.

participants include:
Michael James Armstrong
James Brown
Thomas DeMello
Tom Driscoll
Joseph Huppert
Jason Lane
Lee Lavy
May-ling Martinez
Richard Allen Morris
Chantal Wnuk

Tom Driscoll, New Website

Tom Driscoll in his studio

Tom and I have become close friends over the last couple of years. In that time I’ve hung out at his studio on numerous occasions (pretty much once or twice a week at this point). It doesn’t matter how often I visit him, every time I’m there he’s got new work to show me. I really admire his output as well as the quality and variety of his work. It really bothers me that an artist like Tom isn’t selling his work left and right. I’m sure part of the reason he’s not as sought after as I believe he should be is because, although extremely charming, he’s a very humble man who’s not much on marketing himself or his work. I’m not very good at marketing myself either, but I really wanted to help Tom in any way I could to get his name out there. That’s why I worked with Tom over the last few weeks to build him a new website that could adequately represent the diversity of his work. However, even though there’s an impressive array of work on this site, it’s only a fraction of the amount of work that Tom has in storage. He’s an extremely prolific artist that definitely has enough work for multiple solo shows, if not a full on institutional retrospective.


I encourage anyone who reads this to please pass on Tom’s website to any gallery you think might be interested in his work. Tom has been making interesting art for over 45 years! He is in the collection of many prominent collectors here in San Diego including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, but I think it’s time he get’s some broader exposure.


Pass it on.


Tom Driscoll with cones

New work by Thomas DeMello

Thomas DeMello 2014

This is a piece that so perfectly personifies Thomas’ aesthetic. Rough, dirty, rustic. He’s got a great eye for materials or objects that most people would see as garbage, or at the very least wouldn’t look twice at. Old thread-worn packing blankets for example:

Thomas DeMello, Texture Fields, 2010

Or perhaps a bunch of rotting railroad ties:

railroad ties - Thomas DeMello

And now it’s these:

wattles in a row

Thomas DeMello 2014

You’ve probably seen these everywhere and not even noticed. As I said, In my opinion that’s Thomas’ main strength as an artist. His natural instinct to see the aesthetic value in objects and materials that are ignored by most.


“Ive been looking into tumble weeds.” – Thomas DeMello


Thomas DeMello 2014


Thomas DeMello 2014

Thomas DeMello 2014

See more installation photos HERE.