gordon halloran ice paintings

posted by the scholar on January 14th, 2008
filed under: art, paintings

there is magnificence, tragedy and drama in ice, and canadian creative gordon halloran feels so akin to it that he has created his series paintings below zero using it as a medium. gord believes that his heritage gives him a unique insight into and relationship with this extreme natural material. he sees the beauty in it, which tempers its relentless extremes. gordon found his affinity to ice as a child. he would eagerly create hockey rinks in his backyard only to be disappointed when people would begin to skate on them and ruin the glistening smooth surface. years later as an adult, he visualized entire rinks awash with planes color, and a zamboni as an etching tool. that’s when he began creating his abstract public art installations, and a larger sense of purpose for arenas and parks all over canada.

since gord is asked to do installations around the country (and was also invited to represent his country in the 2006 cultural olympiad at turin), he devised a way to use modular aluminum refrigeration plates in assorted combinations to crate, maintain and move the large works, ensuring their integrity. the installations and paintings alike are an enormous, impressive undertaking, and he uses quite a variety of techniques to create them: airbrushing, pebbling, carving, and creating smaller mosaic pieces in freezers that are later added to the final designs.














gord has also created a series of permanent ice paintings which have been carefully captured in a digital format and reproduced in giclee form. these pieces can be as large as 3′ x 6′ and are developed using a special process that showcases the layering of colors in the ice pieces.

i love the grand scale of these works and how inclusive they are to the general public. and i love the vivid colors he chooses to cut through the intense wintry medium too. his dedication is to be applauded for working in conditions that are not necessarily ideal for creating art.

i am so excited to see the 95 foot long wall of ice (his largest installation to date) that gord will be showcasing here in my city – for the first time anywhere in the us! millenium park will play host to all of it when the museum of modern ice comes roaring in on february 1st, where the installation will remain until it melts february 29th.

look here for more info on this fantastic exhibition, and don’t worry – i plan to write an addendum with actual photos from the park to show you even more after it opens!

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6 Responses to “gordon halloran ice paintings”

  1. technabob Says:

    Damn. Now I want a popsicle.

  2. the scholar Says:

    well bob, why don’t we go over to the park to see this exhibition in a few weeks? you can stick your tongue on one of them and see how you like it.

  3. paula Says:

    you do find unusual things to share with us. this is pretty amazing work! great post!

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi paula,

    isn’t is incredible? i am always so impressed with artists who can think and execute in such large scale ways. i don’t know how they do it!

    i can’t wait to see this in person.

    thanks for the visit!

  5. Bri Says:

    Wow Gigi! What incredible work. I can tell the photos don’t come close to truly describing the scale and impact of being there in person. I can’t wait to hear what your experience is seeing his work in person. What a treat! I’m always in awe of what media people are attracted to and how art can be found everywhere. Thanks for sharing his work!

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi bri,

    i am really looking forward to seeing his work up close and personal. and i think it’ll be fascinating to see what it looks like as it melts. i still am trying to figure out how one would conceive of such a thing…

    thanks for the comment!

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