ICE gets mentioned by someone other than friends!

Thanks to Joan and Reuben Baron for mentioning ICE and Michael James Armstrong in their Light and Space article for artcritical.   It gives us a thrill to be mentioned in the same article as some of our inspirations.  The whole article is a good read, but the best part is the last sentence of the 6th paragraph.  😉


In other news, we’re not dead yet.  Plans are in the works to try and raise money to fix ICE Gallery.  More info and photos are coming soon, we promise.



the two photos above are a view of Michael’s show that most people didn’t get to see.

R.I.P. ICE Gallery

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).

Frosted windows and a white floor

Ahhhh!  It’s crunch time once again at the ol’ ICE Gallery.  We’ve been busy installing wire rope, frosting the windows, and painting the floor.  Michael’s show is almost here, and there’s still so much to do….as usual.

The frost on the windows looks really good.

The right side of the floor is what happens to this space after it rains.

See that bucket?  Yup, it’s overflowing with water.  Fun.

A new exhibition by Michael James Armstrong

A new exhibition by Michael James Armstrong

A site specific installation meant to be viewed solely from the outside of the building which allows for the work to be accessible 24/7.

Friday, September 16th, 6pm – 10pm

Do to the ICE Gallery roof being completely powerless when it comes to stopping water from leaking into the building, a good rain could easily destroy the piece, hence ending the exhibition early. So if you can’t make it to the opening, make sure you stop by before mother nature collides with our roof. 🙂

Rain, concrete, and a new show

To those of you who wonder how some poor artists who live paycheck to paycheck can afford to have a space in a decent, high traffic part of town…this is one of the main reasons why:

If it’s wet outside, then it’s bound to be wet inside. This puddle is relatively tame compared to how it can get on a day when it pours. Today was just a mild shower. As you can imagine, this can be really frustrating when you’re trying to install a show that’s supposed to open in a week. Hell, if this continues, we might have to postpone more shows until after winter. Ugh, so aggravating. But again, that’s part of the reason the space at 3417 30th St is an artist run exhibition space, and not some trendy clothing store.

Ah well, on a sunnier note…we got new concrete! Yes! Much like the rest of the property, the sidewalk in front of the building was deteriorated beyond repair. As you can see in the picture below from Lee’s 2010 show, it was half shoddy asphalt, half dirt.

It was finally time to do something about it.  So early one Saturday morning, Lee, Joey, and Michael went at that crappy asphalt with a digging bar and a sledge hammer.

and then dug out a reasonably level hole, and made two trips to the dump to get rid of the asphalt.

That was enough for one day.  Breaking up asphalt is hard work.  The next day it was time to lay some rebar in preparation for a new pad of concrete.   The concrete would have to wait a week though, so that we could have a professional help us.  Here’s where Dave comes in.  What an incredibly nice guy.  Dave was willing to help us pour the concrete for FREE just to help out a few penniless artists.  It just goes to show you that if you’re enthusiastic about a project, you can find others that will be just as enthusiastic about helping you, even if you have no money.

Man, Dave worked his ass off that day.  And when it was all done and we handed him a few dollars of appreciation, he was stunned.  He honestly didn’t expect any payment for the job, he did it just to help out some fellow artists.  Thank you Dave!  (and thanks to Jeremy for telling Dave about us, and for helping with the labor)

Well, all done.  This pad of concrete will definitely outlast the building.

Now when is Michael’s show going to finally be done?  What the heck is going on in there anyway?

Find out on 9/16/2011…provided it doesn’t rain.

Photos of Lee Lavy’s new installation

Ok, we’ve got a ton of photos to share with you!  First we’ll start with some shots of Lee working in his studio.  The pieces you see here are all trial runs that eventually led up to the gallery installation. (click on the photos below to go to the entire group of shots)

lee in his studio

Next are some shots of Joey, Tom, and Lee preparing the gallery for what was to be about a 5 day install:

preparing the gallery

We’ve also got photo’s from day one of the install:

day one install

…and day two:

day two install

…and day three:

day three install

And then of course we’ve got the finished product (along with some shots of Lee with the work):

lee with red and blue


all photos by Michael James Armstrong