Opening Reception – Melissa Walter

WE’RE BACK!!

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!

Opening Reception – Andrew Alcasid

 

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

Opening Reception – May-ling Martinez

 

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.”

Closing Reception – Rust Magic

Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to this 1/4 scale R17 subway car

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It really is impressive to see this thing in person. You can come pay your respects and say hello to Super Kool Sake himself this Saturday:

11/5/16

1 – 4pm

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We hope you can make it.

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Opening Reception – Rust Magic

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In the 1970’s and 80’s, with the New York City subways as the primary “canvas”, graffiti was forged into one of the last great art movements of the 20th century. Nowadays graffiti is everywhere except the iconic subway cars that propelled it from NYC to the entire world. That is the underlying premise of the new installation titled “Rust Magic” by San Diego graffiti veteran Sake. In addition to the interior of Ice being bombed with graffiti from top to bottom the exhibition also includes a display of vintage spray cans, an outdoor mural, and a 1/4 scale replica of an R17 subway car.

I hope you’ll come and take a look.

Saturday, September 10th, 2- 6pm.

As always, if you can’t make the opening you can always schedule an appointment for a time that’s more convenient.

Sake Rust Magic Portrait

Closing Reception – Nathan Gulick

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Please join us on Saturday, February 20th from 4-6pm for the closing reception of Nathan Gulick’s solo exhibition, “Finest City”.

“Finest City” presents a series of arrangements (possibly a sculpture garden, or ruin field) of readymade architectural decorations in amplified colors, set amongst a faux grass lawn (a necessity in a time of catastrophic drought) and a sheer wall of tan stucco.
Reveling in a distinctly artificial American style, still rooted somewhere in old Europe, the work seeks to highlight the temporary and temporally unsure aesthetic landscape of a region still contending with a legacy of mass migration and suburban sprawl.

Artist Reception – Nathan Gulick

Nathan Gulick Flyer

 

“Finest City” presents a series of arrangements (possibly a sculpture garden, or ruin field) of readymade architectural decorations in amplified colors, set amongst a faux grass lawn (a necessity in a time of catastrophic drought) and a sheer wall of tan stucco. Reveling in a distinctly artificial American style, still rooted somewhere in old Europe, the work seeks to highlight the temporary and temporally unsure aesthetic landscape of a region still contending with a legacy of mass migration and suburban sprawl.

Artist Reception: Saturday, January 30, 4-6pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, Feburary 20, 4-6pm

Or by appointment

 

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Photos of 3450 Threads are up

A very grateful and sincere thank you to everyone that helped me make this piece a reality, to Philipp for helping me document it, and to all of those who made a special trip to come and see it.

Click HERE to see photos by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.

Below are some lesser quality iphone photos that I took along the way.

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Last chance to see 3450 Threads

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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.