Jeremy and Sus Borsos – The Blue Cabin Exhibition
ARTISTS: Jeremy and Sus Borsos
CURATOR: Glenn Alteen
OPENING RECEPTION: June 14, 7 – 9 PM
EXHIBITION DATES: June 15 to July 28, 2018
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Jeremy Borsos, artist talk.
Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Author and historian Daniel Francis on the history of squatter villages on the region’s foreshore.
Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m.
With Carol Itter.
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.
When Jeremy Borsos and his wife Sus took on the remediation of the Blue Cabin, we at grunt never expected what eventually came out of it! 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.
In this exhibition, Jeremy and Sus present a body of work that documents this journey. What he 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.
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.
Sus Borsos was born in Denmark and studied statistics and computer sciences at Copenhagen University before managing Scandinavian Stage Design, where she oversaw the creation of stages for major European events. After relocating to Canada in 1992, she worked with her husband, Jeremy Borsos, on constructing their Mayne Island home created from salvaged architectural fragments. They have built subsequent houses using period architectural salvage, and have most recently restored and repurposed The Blue Cabin, the studio component of a floating artist residency. Sus has also worked in digital film editing and design, and image output for reproduction. The Borsos current projects include redesigning and rebuilding a studio and living space in Athens, Greece.
The Blue Cabin project is led by grunt gallery, along with Other Sights for Artists Projects, and Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3).