This Saturday, May 13th from 5-8pm, will be the closing reception for Mathieu Gregoire’s “Lines”. Mathieu has been adding to, reworking, and adjusting his installation throughout these past few weeks. So, if you came to the opening back in March, I recommend you come to the closing because the installation has changed in some subtle yet perceptible ways.
We hope to see you this Saturday but if you can’t make it to the closing reception, you can still make an appointment HERE any day this week or next. The last day is Saturday May 20th. Please join us.
I’m not sure exactly when I formally met Mathieu Gregoire or when we started chatting. We’ve crossed paths many times (the San Diego art scene is a small world), but in the last few years we’ve started talking more frequently. Honestly, I hadn’t seen much of his work until recently. It’s our great conversations about art that first got me interested in asking him to create an installation for Ice Gallery. Earlier this year I visited his studio and finally began to get a grasp on his practice. He’s a perfect fit for a place like Ice. He’s made many public and site specific installations over his long career as well as managed some substantial public art collections including the excellent Stuart Collection at UCSD. His new installation for Ice Gallery is titled “LINES” and is a three dimensional manifestation of simple yet expressive gestural lines.
Please Join us for the opening reception Saturday evening March 11th from 5-8pm. If you are unable to attend you may make an appointment HERE Tuesday – Saturday 11am -4pm. Or, as always, you can view the exhibition from the two large street facing windows 24/7.
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.
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.
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.”
The last day to see “Three Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Threads” will be Sunday, November 22nd. If you wish to make an appointment, click on the Contact button above and send me a message. I’m available to show it any day between 10:30 – 4:00. Again, ICE Gallery does not have operating hours. If you’d like to see this piece you’ll have to make an appointment.
The above photos are by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. I’ll post the whole set once the show closes. It is the case with most art, but especially with this piece, that a photo is a very poor substitute for seeing it in person. So don’t settle for regret. Come see this thing! I hope to hear from you soon.