Ice Cream Social Bowls

David Robbins, Ice Cream Social Bowls

Notes on The Ice Cream Social

An American tradition, an ice cream social is an occasion for the members of a community (regardless of how that community chooses to define itself) to temporarily put aside their labour, gather, enjoy confectionery refreshments, relax with friends, and perhaps begin new friendships. My Ice Cream Socials do all this while adding a layer of something else - something self-eflective, consciously thematic, and metaphorical.
The project has evolved for more than a decade now, gradually, via a casual, now-and-–then approach. Along the way, it has increased in scale and expanded into a variety of formats. To date the ICS has comprised live events, visual artworks for galleries and museums, a novella, a TV show, a feature movie script - and now, in collaboration with La Nuova Fenice in Albisola, ceramic ice cream bowls!

David Robbins

Ice Cream Social Bowls by David Robbins was made in Albisola (Italy) in 2006 during the 3rd Biennial of Ceramics in Contemporary Art.