September 1st, 2019
1:00 – 2:30pm
San Diego artist Melissa Walter will be in conversation with fellow artist Akiko Surai to discuss Melissa’s current show at Ice Gallery, Of All Things. The talk will begin promptly at 1:30 pm and is expected to be concise so make sure to arrive on time. The gallery will be open before and after the talk, so this will be the perfect time to see the piece if you haven’t yet made it. We look forward to seeing you!
It’s been so long since I posted a new show on this site that I forgot my login password. The last show closed in February of 2018?! Oh no. Well, we’re finally back in action.
I met Melissa Walter in 2016 and discovered we have a lot of similar art and aesthetic interests which helped us to become fast friends. Melissa is a kind person with a strong work ethic whose art is meticulous and thoughtful. When I asked her to do a show at Ice Gallery I made two requests. First, make something site specific (I ask that of all artists that show inside Ice). Second, make it the best thing you’ve ever done. After working on her new installation for the last several months, I believe she has delivered on both.
We’re extremely excited to emerge from our gallery hibernation with this show and we very much hope you’ll join us at the opening reception.
Saturday, June 29th, 1pm-4pm.
See you soon!
FINALLY got the exhibition photos uploaded for:
(links here or in the Exhibitions tab up above)
Super Kool Sake
Kyle John Thompson
Please join us this Saturday 2/10 from 2-5pm for the last day to see Andrew Alcasid’s site specific mural. This is one that definitely has to be seen in person. Photo’s can’t capture what is physically happening in the space. See you there.
Capitalizing on subtle cues within the space Andrew has created a minimal yet stark geometric mural. This young San Diego artist is quickly becoming an impressive addition to the local scene. We’d love to see you at the opening.
Saturday afternoon October 28th
I’ll be sad to see this one come down. It was so great to work with May-ling. She’s a hard working, dedicated, smart, and distinctive artist . Please join us this Saturday 5-7pm for one last look at Auxiliary View.
San Diego artist May-ling Martinez will be in conversation with fellow artist Anna O’Cain to discuss May-ling’s current show at Ice Gallery, Auxiliery View. Topics will also include her philosophy, process, and approach to making art. The gallery will be open starting at noon and the conversation will begin at 1pm.
Saturday May 27th
I’ve been an admirer of May-ling’s work since 2009 when I saw a show she did at Seminal Projects. However, we never met until last April when I visited her studio and asked her to do a show at Ice. In terms of process and aesthetic, we are seemingly at odds, but I feel that we share some core values when it comes to our view of art in general. May-ling has been using the gallery as a working studio in preparation for this show and everything is coming together nicely thus far. I’m still not quite sure what the outcome is going to be as she is working rather organically in response to the space but it’s shaping up to be pretty interesting. Please join us Saturday March 25th from 6-9 to see what she’s been up to.
Some words from May-ling about the show:
“Layers of information collide and overlap in the space in a stream of consciousness. The work is based in an innate need to understand and decipher the unknown. Using iconography found in “How to books” as well as diverse visual systems found in books meant as learning devises perceived with a logical approach. I’m interested to explore how this logical approach satisfies a need to feel in control of our surroundings.
I also collect images from science, medicine and engineering books designed to facilitate our understanding of our environment by explaining the numinous in a coherent way. The images are then reinterpreted and presented in a different context producing an expanded narrative of the original one. Exhorting subjective interpretation based on personal experience.
Stacks of carefully collected found objects are arranged and recombined in unexpected ways to expose the uniqueness of the implements. Raising questions of their function and the human need to control our surroundings through tools and devices. In the same line others raise as beacons, a sort of personal markings.”
There are artist that I admire for how close I feel to their work in terms of how it aligns to my own process and aesthetic. Conversely there are artists I admire despite feeling completely distant from how they think and operate. Kyle Thompson falls into the latter category. Perhaps it’s because his work and his practice is so utterly foreign to me that I find myself fascinated by it. No matter the reason why, I think Kyle has a unique perspective and approach to making art and I’m excited to be working with him.
In his words:
I’m trying to decide whether this reaction is proceeding along an E2 or an SN2 pathway. There is plenty of “exchange”, and also plenty of “substitution” — there is a liferaft here because there is now a floating rock out there — but some of the things I really have to consider are: is there a strong nucleophile involved? Does the rock have a primary moiety? Does the liferaft have a tertiary, allylic, or benzylic structure? Is either one sterically hindered? Are the transition states of these buoyant objects relatively stable? Is the solvent (seawater) or the inverse solvent (spacetime) highly protic?
Once I figure these things out, I can move on to stereochemistry, kinetics, and NIHIL.
Please join us Saturday, November 12th, 6-8pm