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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael’s new installation “A study in transparency” was ruined by the severe downpour we experienced last night. The above shot is from happier times, and don’t worry we’ll be posting pics of the piece soon. The shot below, however, is from last night. Yeah, that’s Tom standing next to a lake of brown water right in the middle of the gallery. And it’s not just the gallery that’s ruined, the studios in back are much worse! Looks like ICE might be out of commission until next summer….or until we get a grant to fix this place (which we’re working on – details soon).