Back in December of 2013 Bread & Salt, the new home of ICE Gallery, had an open house to show off all the hard work that had been done in the building over the past year. ICE had just barely finished putting up drywall and was in no shape to put on a proper exhibition. However, I decided there should at least be something within the newly demarcated corner space. The end result was a sort of found object installation which utilized the old rusted bread racks from the previous tenant of the building. It was only viewable for one night, so thank goodness my pal Philipp Scholz Rittermann got some great photos of it before all the paper was ripped off and the racks went away to a scrap metal grave.
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.