Jeremy Borsos on the Blue Cabin remediation, October 3, 2017 at 7 pm at the Seymour Art Gallery.
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency brings forward a desire and need for alternate modes of living and working, and expands our understanding of what constitutes public space. (more…)
Photo courtesy of Michael Jackson, PM Volunteers
Representing the last vestiges of a cultural tradition of artists and others living in squatters’ shacks along the foreshores of this region’s waterways, Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin was one of many structures that dotted the shores of Indian Arm.
Recently, the land adjacent to the cabin, MacKenzie Barge and Shipbuilding, was sold to Polygon Homes for redevelopment. Under their agreement with Port Metro, Polygon must remediate the foreshore, including the small cove the Blue Cabin was nestled within. To avoid demolition, the cabin was moved 5 kilometres west to a secure storage lot for repair and remediation.
Along with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and Creative Cultural Collaborations, grunt gallery has a vision to save the cabin and continue its use as an artist residency on the waterways of the Lower Mainland. The following documents were produced in consultation with a number of stakeholders in the community to aid in planning and solicit support for the Blue Cabin’s future.
Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency: Preliminary Feasibility Report by Barbara Cole, Cole Projects
A Plan for the Conservation and Re-use of the Blue Cabin by Harold Kalman with Andrew Todd Conservators Ltd.
Glenn Alteen, Director of grunt gallery, in conversation with Vittorio Urbani, Nuova Icona Director. The talk will take place at the Italian Cultural Centre on Tuesday, October 17 at 7 pm. (more…)
Program Director – Glenn Alteen
Operations Director – Meagan Kus
Communications Director – Leena Minifie
Archives Manager – Dan Pon
Curator – Vanessa Kwan
Development Director for Blue Cabin – Marlene Madison
Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Editing
Rachael Stableford – Installation
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Dennis Ha – Installation Photography
BOARDKaren Kazmer: President
Jessie Caryl: Vice President
Karlene Harvey: Secretary
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Jeremy Borsos – Remediating The Blue Cabin
June – July, 2018 (Dates TBA)
Curator: Glenn Alteen
Various Artists – To Give For Safekeeping
September – October 2018 (Dates TBA)
Curators: Emily Hermant and T’ai Smith
Exhibition Catalogue for ARCTICNOISE by Geronimo Inutiq
Review of Disgruntled: Other Art, an e-book on grunt gallery’s 30th anniversary
Read Dr. Kristin L. Dowell’s review here.
Disgruntled review by Kristin Dowell – with images
The Blue Cabin
Read the entire conservation plan for Al Neil and Carole Itter’s blue cabin here.
Conservation Report for the Blue Cabin – final, 2-16
Read the in-depth written explorations into many of grunt’s past exhibitions.
Interviews & Articles
Rabih Mroué Interview by Gizem Sözen & Eylül İşcen | May 6, 2014
Abandoned Machines by Genevieve Michaels | March 13, 2014
Raven: On the Colonial Fleet by Gizem Sözen | December 19, 2013
Our educational guides provide lesson plans for the following senior-level courses: BC First Nations, Communications, English, English First Peoples, Media Arts, and Studio Arts.
Showcasing the artists exhibiting at grunt gallery, brunt magazine is a complement to the exhibitions and a closer look at the artists, their processes and the ideas that inspire their work.
Disgruntled: grunt’s e-book
grunt gallery is proud to release our very first e-book in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Free download here.
Hedy Wood’s explorations of our board members’ (past and present) you guessed it… fridges.
The Blue Cabin
We have a vision to save Al Neil and Carole Itter’s famous blue cabin – which was built in the 1930’s and sat for years as part of a squatter’s community on the Burrard Inlet North Shore – and a plan to convert it into an artist residency.
The Making of An Archive
Summer 2017 – Spring 2018
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s project, The Making of an Archive, seeks to collect images of everyday life photographed by Canadian immigrants, in a direct, collective and exploratory approach.
Spark: Fireside Artist Talk Series
January 2016 – Present
A series of informal presentations hosted by the Native Education College (NEC) in partnership with grunt gallery. These informal talks feature Indigenous artists whose work spans media from the two-dimensional to live performance and beyond. Their works fuse traditional cultural knowledge with contemporary art forms, pose urgent political questions, and push the boundaries of how we think about art, history and culture more broadly. Join us over the lunch hour to be inspired by these artists in the NEC’s longhouse!
Journey to Kaho’olawe
May 25 – 30, 2017
Journey to Kaho’olawe is an artist publication by Hans Winkler and T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss. The book is the result of a four year process centred on the Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe, a sacred site to the Hawaiians in recovery after being occupied as a practice range by the American military. Returned to the Hawaiians in the 1990s, the island is being remediated and returned to its natural state. In conjunction with the launch of the publication grunt gallery and the artists present a week long series of events celebrating Kaho’olawe and the Kanaka presence in BC.
Spring Fever: Vancouver Independent Archives 2017
March 18 – April 8, 2017
This spring season, Vancouver Independent Archives will offer a series of free public talks, screenings and community workshops that foreground local art and art history by drawing on the archives of Vancouver’s independent arts community. Building on the success of Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015, Spring Fever invites new partner artists, scholars, and organizations to share their approach toward and practice within the archive.
What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance which examines knowledge, power, authority, and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. The event follows from Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year.
A series of workshops in the Tonari Gumi kitchen and studio space around concepts of wellness, care and food where culinary “sculptures” were constructed, incorporating aspects of stories, ideas and wellness philosophies. By artist Cindy Mochizuki and members from Tonari Gumi.
Past and Presence: NEC Mural Project
The Native Education College and grunt gallery are partnering with Vancouver-based First Nations artists Corey Bulpitt, Sharifah Marsden and Jerry Whitehead to create a mural celebrating NEC’s 30 years in Mount Pleasant.
Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice
A collaborative project between grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, aiming to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, curators, writers, educators, scholars, students, and activists to explore the embodied theory of Indigenous resurgence and cultural representation – both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and one another’s.
Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art
This workshop was a part of the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Organized by the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective in collaboration with Tarah Hogue and Glenn Alteen.
Space, on Main Street and in Vancouver, is currency, and artist Zoe Kreye’s practice reaches through the overarching narratives of real estate, gentrification and speculation to consider the poetics of an individual’s connection to place.
MAINSTREETERS: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982
The history of a gang of Vancouver artists who lived and worked together in drama, excess, friendship and grief.
Thirty years is a long time. A retrospective of all that is (and was) grunt gallery.
Play, Fall, Rest, Dance
The artist works with children with disabilities to emphasize the state of making and being, the pursuit of uninhibitied creative exploration that is void of rules, structures and concepts of ‘right or wrong’ and ‘perfection vs. mistakes’. Children are enabled with artistic autonomy and the artist thoughtfully guides them to explore their creative processes. By artist Valerie Salez.
A youth engagement pilot program developed to bridge the creative work being done by youth in the popular online video game Minecraft and artistic inquiry at grunt gallery.
Rethinking ideas about Vancouver’s identity and history, this project attempted to compile a collaborative archive in order to expand the collective awareness of the city’s narratives.
Vancouver Art in the Sixties: Ruins in Process
A digital archive of artwork, ephemera, and film.
Nikamon Ohci Askiy (songs because of the land)
In December 2008, artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle made daily journeys throughout Vancouver and “sung” the landscape she encountered.
Hip Hop as Indigenous culture.
The Medicine Project
Aboriginal notions of medicine and how they influence the lives of First Nations people and artists today.
Two worlds – curated by Tania Willard.
2005 – 2009
Showcasing the artists exhibited at grunt gallery, brunt magazine is a complement to the exhibitions and a closer look at the artists, their processes, and the ideas that inspire their work.