In this exhibition, Jeremy Borsos presents a body of work that documents the remediation of the Blue Cabin that he and his wife Sus took on in June of 2017. Using historical materials, they took the structure apart, methodically cleaned every inch, and replaced the rotted out bits. They insulated the walls and fixed the floor. Essentially, they treated it as an archaeological site, collecting its history in bits of newspapers and mouse nests and – in an archival process – painstakingly saved what remained. The humble structure revealed itself slowly over the six-month period of the restoration and culminated, when they took up the floor, in the discovery of almost 40 posters that had been put there in 1927 to prevent the floor from squeaking.
What Borsos gives us is the history of the cabin before Al Neil and Carole Itter’s tenancy, offering us new insights into the notably unusual life of artists and writers on the foreshore.
Curated by: Glenn Alteen
Exhibition dates: June 15 through July 28th, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, June 14th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Artist talk: Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00pm
Location: grunt gallery
The Blue Cabin project is led by grunt gallery, along with Other Sights for Artists Projects, and Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3). Images and captions detailing the restoration work are featured in TCR‘s Spring Issue 3.35.
Jeremy Borsos attended Emily Carr School of Art and the Art Students League in New York. His practice is multidisciplinary and includes writing, photography, installation, painting and video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Together with his partner Sus, the Borsos have developed a meta-historical use of salvaged architecture, constructing multiple dwellings and ancillary structures. They live and work on Mayne Island, British Columbia, and in Athens, Greece.
Look forward to Jeremy’s artist talk on Wednesday June 20th as well as the following Blue Cabin Speaker Series:
Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Author and historian Daniel Francis on the history of squatter villages on the region’s foreshore.
Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Jen Weih and curator and artist Vanessa Kwan on Other Sites for Artists’ Projects foreshore projects.
Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Blue Cabin founding partners Glenn Alteen, Esther Rausenberg, and Barbara Cole on the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency project.