Mike Myers on the Iceman – “I started out on the British alternative comedy scene. I met some incredible people. My favourite was a guy called Melt it 69 who had a block of ice that he could melt 69 different ways.”
Libby Purves of Midweek Radio 4 – “Someone phoned during the show and suggested the Iceman should have his head examined.”
Stewart Lee Edinburgh highlights-1991 – “The ICEMAN! His act consists of melting some ice in a variety of methods, while making bad puns about ice. N…ice!”………………”he’s a living saint.” (Independent).
The List – “The Iceman soars and fails, but always soars again.”
Ruby Wax -“Do your crazy stuff” on the roof of BBC shepherd’s bush.
The Stage – “The Iceman claims to have been abducted by a UFO.”
Ian Shuttleworth Independent Newspaper – “By day he is mild mannered, by night he is supernaturally transformed into a figure of mythic proportions, engaged in a ceaseless struggle with all things glacial… he is the Iceman.”
Christoper Richardson, Manager of Pleasance Theatre letter of appreciation after Theatre Royal Drury Lane Charity Show – “You melted my heart and a good few in the audience.”
The Stage Gibby the Stage – “In the company of this entirely unusual performer, you certainly feel as though you’ve been through something that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else. As far as this inexplicable man is concerned, n-ice and freezy does it. Go to his show- but don’t expect anything you’ve ever seen before.”
Bath Fringe Festival – “A celebrated cult figure… and a unique event… with philosophical ranting. There has never been anything quite like this in the fair city of Bath, but deserve it. He’s amazing.”
Ian Shuttleworth – The Independent – “No two shows are the same… each block is signed, numbered, photographed and then faxed to the audience.”
Phil Jupitus – “My friends are all fans of yours.”
Jo Brand – from autobiography – “Iceman was one of my highlights from the early years on the circuit… the Iceman was truly a performance artist.”
James Castle – “Have you heard the expression “flogging a dead horse?””
Chris Tarrant “Your act is shit!”
Liam Duffy – “You are the most eccentric man I know”
Irate club owner – “Get out of my club!”
Woody Bop Muddy – “The iceman was brilliant”
Simon Munnery – “I saw a brilliant act called “The iceman”. All he would do was melt ice-but as he pointed out,”It would melt anyway…”.I miss that sort of thing”
Jools Holland –“It’s about Time,isn’t it?”
Danny Baker -“You’re going to be famous.”
Hughie Greene-“Wear asbestos pants and put the blow-torch down your trousers-you’ll get a big laugh.”
Spike Milligan- “Coventry”
Arthur Smice- “you had your moments” (at Tooting Lido)
Chris Harris I could see your mountain of iceblocks from my helicopter (Noel Edmonds Christmas Show 86-after landing)
Malcice Hay There were the Crazies.Remember the Iceman’s doomed attempts to melt a huge Block of Ice- mad bastard The Iceman, whose act consisted of melting a big block of ice. Well, trying to. There was never time to get the job done.
Tony Green Jock Mactavice-zounds man.
Arthice Matthews(co-creator of father ted) My favourite Resonance moment was Stewart Lee interviewing the Ice Man, who melted a block of ice in the studio.
Malcolm Hardice “Fuck it”
Martin Soanice I thought you had melliced away.
Kenice Campbell Leave the planet!
Ian Hinchcliffe Grrrnnchice?
Neil Mullarkice It was such a riposte to Showbiz.
John Flemice The Iconic comic Iceman grassed me up after stealing a duck. (Correction IM-“borrowed”- don’t steal but did shoplift Malcice Hardice’s autobiogricy- on principle- just the once.)
Tony Green Oh Jockicemacice
Stewart Lee ( Richice Herring podcice) The Iceman never had a career plan.
Cluiceub Zaricethicestice don’t think there’s anything more Club Zicericethicestice than forcing your paying customers to sit in a room and watch H20 shift from one stice of matter to anthicer.
Guardian S.M . “The Iceman’s act is beyond genre”.
Chortle The audicity with which the Iceman bruticily shoehorns the word “ice” into everythice-such is hice obsiceion with the fricen stuff-is as funny as it ice painficel.
John Flemice “Performance Artist The Iceman-now as successful as Van Gogh in his life-time.”
Glynis (regular spectator) It’s all about Karma,isn’t it?
Clarissa I want all your paintings….now [aimpaimtingsbut.co.uk]
Deafened @Bracknell Arts Centre: The Iceman came on with a dustbin + exploded the biggest Bang believable inside it at close quarters. The Ice-Block was unaffected. I’ve been deaf ever since but I don’t mind-I saw The Iceman live!
Pleasance Theatre Spectator:[ breathless after climbing many stairs] “I love your ‘singing’. No, really ! Even though you are being funny when you sing those songs, “Heaven”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” “If I had a Hammer” and triumphantly at the end “Eidelweiss”, I literally shivered and got goose pimples at the sound of your old-fashioned style. You move me beyond compare. I think it’s something to do with ‘vibrations’. I’m sure I saw the Ice-Block smile too-through the ‘smoke’.”
Cecelia[6th form student after Westminster zoomed Block: “Iceman was fant-ice-tic- I laughed so hard I cried my eyeliner off, hilarious. I have found my new favourite artist!”
Aman[6th form student+ event organiser for Westminster zoomed Block]: The talk I think is gaining a legendary status, as the best speaker we’ve ever had (I think In part because of the gun, but also because of how brilliant and funny and honest you were).The event fitted the bill perfectly.
Westminster School Teacher on the zoomed Block: The event was absolutely fantastic – extremely entertaining and highly insightful. …..I really loved your work, and we were all discussing how it was at once incredibly funny and deeply thought-provoking. I was struck by how much it reminded me of some absurdist drama…
Westminster 6th former: You have Polaroids and paintings of many of the ice blocks you have melted. You have committed to permanent media, a symbol of impermanence, and have maintained a commitment to this symbol for decades. I find your work very, very beautiful, and sort of moving. But it is also on some level a kind of a joke. Are you at all bothered that you aren’t more successful/famous in proportion to your influence and just the uncompromising brilliance of your work? I think you can tell that I am.
Bill Baimley: I remember performing with the Iceman in Kentice Town-he was a legend.
ART CRITICISM ON THE PAINTINGS OF “AIM”:
The recurring motif of the Ice Block and the Iceman together conveys a sense of a core of perceived truth. The staple topol of aim’s paintings show an integration of the solitary Iceman with the theatrical environment. The oeuvre contains stasis and flux simultaneously. The translucent hybrid effect almost turns the Iceman into a fabled other-worldly creature. Oscillating between the common-place and the exotic, the substantial colours create a luminosity, embedding the Blocks into normal life. A self-reflexive engagement is achieved by repudiating any narrative other than the melting process. The pictorial spaces are desirable and intimidating at one and the same time. The forms of the equipment and the Block support system are majestic, even in their vulnerability. Allusive symbolism is inextricably linked to a delirium and opacity that transports the viewer to a different realm. Innumerable references to artistic forebears and 20th century art such as Gauguin and Hockney are clearly signified. Kafe Smictiric [art critic]
I love that you don’t appear to take yourself too seriously, and that I can’t work out whether that is part of the act. And it struck me this week that, to me at least, this is pretty unique – as a performance artist, the sale of your art is in itself a part of the performance art – utter genius!….Perhaps your over-inflated but oh so sincere pricing online has everyone fooled; or perhaps I may in time find that I am what is known in the trade as an ‘early adopter’, and sales of original ‘aims’ will in due course actually hit those sorts of numbers Above all, in meeting and befriending a real artist (I don’t think I know anyone else who sells their own artwork) I have genuinely discovered the joy of the story behind a picture. I’ve always thought it pretentious in the past, but now I get it – I love to tell people (pupils, staff, guests, anyone really) about the man behind lid0, and indeed how I was tricked into a bidding war with Mia Ritchie! Art, haggled over as part of a crazy performance art act – simply marvellous! And in all seriousness, really, I think it brings home that so much of what is important to us is about a story. [GB-an art connoisseur and the proud owner of two ‘aim’ paintings.]
Within the paintings there is a lot of stylistic experimentation- some of your work is more sparse, abstract, thick, realistic, dense etc. even within your stage shows there seems to be (based on anecdotes) a willingness to try very new and different things. but it seems as though it all ends up the same way. [Westminster School 6th former]
My works by you are in good condition and give me joy![LR, purchaser]You know, this IS brilliant
We see a character struggle to achieve an end, and viewed this way, the paintings are universal in their depiction of mundane small efforts. At the same time, the painter empathises with the poignancy, joy and celebration of everyman /everyhuman.
A trained Actor and Oxford Alumni, School Teacher and one-time left luggage clerk, AIM pays tribute to the absurdist aspect of life. (think playwright Samuel Becket and the soulful humility within a Lowry painting.) Just as the New York School of poets named the Abstract Expressionists, I venture to name AIM as an emerging voice rooted in this century’s post-post modernism..
Aim’s work is Absurdist Confessiional. His technique with oils is an experimental journey.Take a look at his website.
Wendy Bave-Christie (Poet)
Wice sayings incl extrice Wice sayings
Leave vacice for the momice-it was here befice.
Never blocklice, never blockful
Bliced out rather than blocked out
H2o –can’t bice
Never undericetimice a block –it might icederestimate you
Never blaime a block – it would be ludicriice -seriicily.
Block down. block up
Dice a block ever finice? – ice it really as ephemeriice as ficest iceppears
When a block is introdiced by the IM, somethice icecurs that would not occur other wice
1 lice block in the parapice ice 1 lice block in the parapice
Without breaimth there’s genericily deaimth
Permice sufficeient loose ends & they will tice themsicelves up
“No comment”,at this staimge………..that’s strictly “off the record”.
The aim ice not to be aimlice