July 7 2014 06:34 PM

Alternative art space opens July 11 inside Bread & Salt in Logan Heights

Ice Gallery
Thomas DeMello installing work at the new Ice Gallery
Photo by Michael James Armstrong

Between 2001 and 2012, Ice Gallery popped in and out of existence inside a small, dilapidated storefront near the corner of 30th and Upas streets in North Park. The Gallery was seemingly done for good when the old building was torn down to make way for the North Parker, a mixed-use project that opened earlier this year.

Yet, Ice Gallery is set to rise again with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 11, inside Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave. in Logan Heights).

The gallery will reignite with a site-specific exhibition by Thomas DeMello, one of the artists behind Ice Gallery's earlier incarnation. While DeMello still helps with the space when he can, the tight-knit foursome that once backed Ice Gallery has been whittled down to just one.

Artist Michael James Armstrong began refurbishing a beat-up corner of the Bread & Salt warehouse in June 2013 after Jim Brown, the architect who owns the building, offered him an affordable lease. Industrial sifters left over from the site's former days as a bakery were moved aside, electrical boxes were torn out and Armstrong spearheaded most of the rest of the transformation, which included building new walls, replacing half of the floor and turning an old exhaust fan into a skylight. Armstrong says he spent nearly $10,000 of his own money on the space.

He isn't interested in being a gallery owner, though, and he's not in it for money (Ice Gallery will rarely sell work). His goal is simply to give artists the chance to experiment by doing site-specific installations. He mentions big names like Richard Allen Morris, Tom Driscoll and Philipp Scholz Rittermann when asked about artists he'd like to show in the space.

"Working that way, site-conditionally—having no idea until you get into the space and spend time there and, eventually, something comes to you—that's the most interesting way to work," Armstrong says. "Until I got a chance to do work like that, I didn't know how fun it was."


Write to editor@sdcitybeat.com and follow Kinsee on Facebook or Twitter 

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
See all events on Thursday, May 5