Though Ice Cube Gallery’s future at its current location is caught in the web of rising rents and development along Walnut Street in RiNo, it’s still business as usual for the co-op, and that includes another year of the national juried Icebreaker show, a distillation of fifty artworks out of hundreds of entries from across the U.S. Faced with the task of poring over nearly 900 online submissions from more than 250 artists, 2016 Icebreaker 7 jurist Ivar Zeile (of Plus Gallery and Denver Digerati) says he finally turned to Adobe Illustrator to help him organize strong groupings of work out of the chaos. So if anything, this will be a show that looks great, thanks to some good hunches and the strong curatorial eye of a veteran gallerist.
Zeile notes that having a huge, flexible room with movable walls to work with also made his job at least a little bit easier, allowing for some presentational drama meant to showcase each thematic grouping. “From the minute people familiar with the space walk in, they’ll realize that this show is going to be really different,” he says. “The first thing they’ll see is a hand grenade! It’s the perfect opening piece, and a nice testament to a show that’s going to be explosive...or dangerous.” All joking aside, Zeile, who has a strong interest in contemporary digital and video art, had hoped to see more daring mediums among the myriad entries, but the elegant space gave him the opportunity to best show off his selection of paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works.
Icebreaker 7 opens January 8 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ice Cube, 3320 Walnut Street, and runs through January 30; Zeile will return to the gallery to give an illuminating talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 14. Learn more about Ice Cube and Icebreaker 7 at icecubegallery.com.
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