A SHIP IN THE WOODS + GREENPEACE will be co-hosting an art event on Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise in support of their Million Acts of Blue initiative for a plastics free future.  Featuring Artist Ingram Ober.  Live DJ sets / Beverages 


Friday July 27th


6:30pm - 9:30pm


DJ sets by:

Scott Travis Johnston

Alejandra Frank


B STREET PIER on the South Side

1140 north harbor drive



I pursue an interest in the greater flow of energy through systems. These systems include alternative energy, social activism, viewer interaction, material reclamation, and social hierarchies through the processes of sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, performance and public art. The viewer is confronted with humorous, sublime, ironic, raucous, yet strangely hopeful views of the world around them, that begs for their active participation in the understanding of the systems that affect them daily. I describe my work as populist, in that I purposefully create many points of entry in order to engage a larger population of viewers. I work within the modes of capitalist ventures in a hope to subvert, pervert or memorialize them ideologically. I implement product designs and model businesses that seem strangely feasible, yet, will never find their way on to the commercial market. My interest in alternative energy and its possible effects on economic powers has led me through bodies of work meant, at once, to celebrate, criticize, and memorialize the antique industries of fossil fuel production. This line of inquiry has led to the development of my "Red/Green and now Blue Century" series of works.  These projects have traced my use of mechanical "Painting/Printmaking" machines from protest based performance to interactive community based making, and now a studio tool.  The current "Blue Century" iteration of this project ties into my long standing interest with ocean systems and recent print making projects that focus on plastics in the marine environment.   - Ingram Ober

Ingram Ober grew up in Coventry, CT, received a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL and his MFA in 2003, from Claremont Graduate University.  He teaches sculpture, 3D design and foundry and is Director of the Boehm Gallery and faculty at Palomar College in San Marcos.  Ingram’s recent work includes commissions in public art for the City of San Diego, and Mira Costa College, a solo exhibit at Southwestern College and performance/installation exhibits at the MCASD La Jolla, the Museum at CCA Escondido, The New Children’s Museum San Diego, NCECA in Tampa FL, A Ship In The Woods San Diego, Space 4 Art in San Diego and the Fleet Science Center Museum in San Diego.


The Arctic Sunrise's first trip took it to the North Sea and the northeast Atlantic, where Greenpeace documented marine pollution by oil from offshore installations. Since then it has worked everywhere from within 450 miles of the North Pole, to Antarctica’s Ross Sea, and has navigated both the Congo and the Amazon.

Designed as an icebreaker, its rounded, keelless hull allows it to navigate through sea ice - but also makes life rather interesting in rolling seas. In 1997, The Arctic Sunrise became the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic, a previously impossible journey until a 200m thick ice shelf connecting the island to the Antarctic continent collapsed. This was just one of the many signs of climate change which the Arctic Sunrise has helped document.

The Arctic Sunrise has returned repeatedly to the Arctic to work on a variety of issues, included several visits to Alaska to study climate change and to oppose Northstar, British Petroleum's project to open up a new offshore oil frontier that threatened oil spills in this vulnerable region, and further contributing to global warming. 

In 2009, the ship spent many months working around the coast of Greenland and Arctic sea ice, documenting the effects of climate change on the region.

In the Southern Oceans, the Arctic Sunrise, along with its sister ship the Esperanza, thwarted Japanese attempts to pursue its so-called "scientific" whaling programme;  it also chased pirate vessels fishing illegally for Patagonian Toothfish to the pirate port of Mauritius.

Manoeuvring directly into the missile's path did not prevent the US from proceeding in 2000 to test its "Star Wars"missile defence system, which threatens to ignite a new nuclear arms race.

Fortunately the Arctic Sunrise survived to tell the tale and continued on to Argentina for the start of the Latin America toxics tour in 1998.