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.
Even though ICE is in hibernation (soon to awaken by summer we hope), the ICE gang has been active. You can see one such example this Thursday, the 15th of March, by visiting an exhibition of new works by Lee Lavy at the San Diego State University Fine Arts Department in room 418C. We’ll be there from 5pm – 9pm and we hope to see you there as well.
Finally, shots from Michael’s last exhibition. This piece was next to impossible to capture in photos, but we know some of you who didn’t get to see it in person are curious what it looked like. So, click the image below to see all the shots.
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 viewof Michael’s show that most people didn’t get to see.
Thomas has been using the gallery as a studio since Michael’s show came down. Click on the image below to see more shots of a “sketch” Thomas has been working on the past 2 weeks. The shots were taken at approximately 8pm with natural light, which is how Thomas intended the piece to be viewed.
Well folks, it’s finally coming to an end. The last of the four shows we planned back in June is drawing to a close this Saturday. Black and Blue, the site specific installation by Michael James Armstrong will be on view for the last time from 5pm – 9pm. There wasn’t much of a turnout for the opening so we’re really hoping we’ll see more faces at the closing. Also, even if you came to the opening you might want to come and check out the show again as Michael has added to the installation since opening night! Come by, you won’t regret it.
what else will you find when you look through this window?
Find out when you stop by ICE Gallery. From now until January 22nd ICE will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm – 6pm. The show takes on two different personalities depending on which time of day you see it. So make sure you view it more than once! Hope to see you soon.