Vancouver Sun: Artists fight to preserve historic, 80-year-old North Vancouver cabin

Photo from the Vancouver Sun Article | Vancouver artist and jazz musician Al Neil has been occupying a cabin by the waterfront in North Vancouver for decades. The cabin is slated to be removed by Jan. 31 to make way for property development.
Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, SUN. See all here.


“For over 150 years squatters — artists, sailors who had jumped ship, bohemians and people unable or unwilling to pay rent — have made improvised homes for themselves along the shores of the Fraser River, Vancouver Harbour and Burrard Inlet.

Many were simply looking for a place to live, but others, including novelist Malcolm Lowry, poets Earle Birney, Dorothy Livesay, and Al Purdy and whale expert and Greenpeace founder Paul Spong used their homes as sites for important creative work.

More recently photographer Stan Douglas and visual artist Ken Lum have created works based on the homes of artists on the Burrard Inlet foreshore.

Now, the last surviving example of the unofficial residences on Burrard Inlet — a cabin near Cates Park on the North Shore that has served artistic collaborators Al Neil and Carole Itter variously as a residence and an artist’s workshop for decades — is under threat. Neil and Itter still use and maintain the one-room cabin, which has no plumbing and appears to be in sound condition.”

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Globe & Mail Article: Vancouver artists fight to protect a colourful piece of the city’s art history

Photo Credit: Jim Jardine, 1989

“Ms. Itter, 75, is slowly emptying the cabin where she and Al Neil have been making art and music for decades. They received an eviction notice from Port Metro Vancouver in the fall with a Jan. 31 deadline to vacate, and a demolition permit has been issued for Feb. 1.”

“Now a number of prominent players on the local art scene are working to save the little cabin that tells a big story about Vancouver’s history.

The waterfront area was once home to a number of squatters – many of whom were artists, including the author Malcolm Lowry. He lived in a series of shacks in what is now Cates Park, where he wrote much of his classic Under the Volcano. The nearby cabin that has been home and studio to Mr. Neil and Ms. Itter is believed to have been made in Coal Harbour by a Scandinavian craftsman in the 1930s.

Mr. Neil, now 90 – a musician, composer and visual artist who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award last year – has lived in the cabin on and off since 1966, serving as a sort of beach watchman for the company next door, McKenzie Barge. He initially paid rent to the shipyard – $15 a month, “and then eventually they said don’t bother,” says Ms. Itter, a sculptor and writer who joined Mr. Neil 13 years after he moved in.”

“’We live in such a redevelopment city and there’s so little of heritage that gets saved here and I think this is a very important piece of Vancouver heritage that we should all really think about before we let it go,’ says Glenn Alteen with the Grunt Gallery.”

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MAINSTREETERS events: January – March

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MAINSTREETERS: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 exhibition is at Satallite Gallery. Read more.

During the exhibition, Main Street Tapes will be show in storefronts along Main Street, including:
Eugene Choo, 3683 Main Street
Smoking Lily, 3634 Main Street
Lifetime Collective, 4386 Main Street

Performance of Kenneth Fletcher’s Camp Potlatch
Directed by Paul Wong
Thursday January 22 at 8pm
Location: Satellite Gallery

Exhibition Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner
Saturday, January 31 at 2pm
Location: Satellite Gallery

Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald
Saturday, February 21 at 2pm
Meeting point: Helen’s Grill, 4102 Main Street

Drag Ball
Saturday, March 7
Location: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

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Kitchen: Part 3 – Notes

PART 3

Notes

The yellow table served as a bar, with wine kept in the cabinet next to the dishwasher, and beer stacked in the fridge to cool.

The kitchen is ready for something that hasn’t happened yet.

Julia Feyrer: Kitchen
November 1 – December 19, 2014
grunt.ca


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grunt gallery’s Annual Solstice Party

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Drinks, music,and merriment! Join us on Friday December 19th for our Annual Solstice Party.

This is also the closing night Julia Feyrer’s Kitchen exhibition, we hope to see you there!

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Kitchen: PART 2 – Recordings

PART 2

Recordings

There’s two stories I want to tell, or rather, steal.

In both cases, the mind wanders to what might have been. Let me explain:

Hillary Wood, a founding member of grunt, told me this. It was the old days, before grunt owned a space, or had regular funding. There were openings every 2 weeks, and on any given night you might find the kitchen crammed full of artists and friends, drinking late and talking loud. On this particular night, the exhibiting artist had brought her cat to the opening (as you do), an act that precipitated the toppling and subsequent jail break of a terrarium housing 2 black scorpions, which belonged to the upstairs loft tenant. One scorpion was recaptured immediately, but the other remained missing. “[T]he kitchen was packed, as usual. As there were gaps between many of the loft’s floorboards, and some larger holes where bits of the floor had broken, we spent the rest of the evening imagining the worst – that the scorpion would tumble down on someone’s head, or fall down their shirt. Or even worse, into their glass of wine! That would have been a fine panic. The party proceeded without incident, however, and the scorpion was found about a week later hiding under a carpet.”[1]

Sometimes I like to think of the way things might have been, existing, wonky twin-like, alongside the way things are. Time is a bit more elastic in this version of history and so I ask you to consider, for a moment, a scorpion in your drink.

Julia Feyrer wrote: “Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into her refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that her six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to her to wonder how in the hell the kitchen took 30 years to turn into a sculpture.”[2]

This is where things get really elastic. How do 30 years of history, exhibitions, performances, interactions, parties, arguments, meals, fundraisers and sundries make their way into a sculpture? (Hint: they don’t, not really.) But somewhere between the six-pack and the two-pack the sculpture got made, and this gallery flourished, and here all of us are.

If we are in the business of imagining, then let’s imagine that Kitchen uses time as sculptural material.  That time, like plaster, can be spread out and coaxed into new configurations, played out in the space of both perception and an exhibition. Feyrer interprets what is recorded (and what falls through cracks), making surfaces and shapes anew.

– Vanessa Kwan, November 20th, 2014

This is the second of three texts, to be released over the course of the exhibition.

 

 

 

Julia Feyrer: Kitchen
November 1 – December 19, 2014

For events information and updates, please visit grunt.ca

 


[1] Hillary Wood, e-mail interview, October 30th, 2014

[2] Julia Feyrer, personal correspondence, November 9th, 2014

 

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SHOPTALK: TRUST | Fri, Nov 28

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SHOPTALK: TRUST

Friday, November 28th
5pm – 7pm
Location: grunt gallery
116 – 350 E. 2nd Avenue
**Note the new venue!**

This season, Theatre Replacement and The Chop have partnered with Music on Main and grunt gallery to continue our series of candid discussions with artists from here and across Canada. Together we’re investigating some of the issues that come up between us and our various disciplines; what issues can we all talk about? And where are the places that we all get stuck, or revel in, or persist?

This, our second talk of the series, investigates trust as an artistic commodity. As artists experiment with duration, site-specificity, process and participation, ideas of sociability and engagement have become central to many aspects of contemporary practice. Outside the traditional confines of the white cube or the black box, the proscenium stage or the concert hall, these new frameworks depend on connectivity as a component of creative success, and trust– that basic element of human connection– underlies it all.

Four practitioners including visual artist Zoe Kreye, performance maker Caroline Liffmann and theatre artist Andrew Laurenson will talk through some of their current projects and the role that trust plays in the development of their work.

Zoe Kreye creates inter-disciplinary art projects that explore transformation, collective experience and negotiations of public space. Her work looks to engage the public in relations and aesthetics, with the goal of building inclusive, bottom-up associations that have the potential to be small catalysts for change within dominant social systems. Often looking outside the realm of art, her projects take the form of clubs, workshops, rituals, dialogues and journeys. Her focus is to encourage people towards self-reflection and a deeper engagement with themselves and society. Recent projects include Unlearning Walking Club (Unit Pitt, Vancouver), Unlearning Weekenders (<rotor>, Graz, Goethe Satellite), Soft/Union (The Apartment, Vancouver), Eat Talk Connect (City of Richmond) and Überlebenskuns.klub (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin). She completed a Masters in Public Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar, specializing in community engagement and participatory strategies and co-founded the Process Institute, the Berlin-based artist collective. She currently lives in Vancouver and teaches Social Practice at Emily Carr University.
http://zoekreye.com/

Andrew Laurenson is Artistic Producer of Vancouver’s Radix Theatre, an inter-disciplinary collective that creates socially-relevant performance work. A former small-town radio announcer, Andrew also dabbles in acting, writing and video production. Recent projects include TBD, a three-week long immersive theatre experience based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
http://www.radixtheatre.org/

Caroline Liffmann is a Vancouver-based contemporary performance maker, choreographer and improviser who collaborates on short works for the stage, the screen, and all manner of public places. Her practice is influenced by over 20 years of dance and movement training, most notably in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, physical theatre, and multi-disciplinary collaboration, and she holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from McMaster University. Caroline graduated from Vancouver’s MainDance in 2003, and was honourably mentioned for the Holy Body Tattoo BC Emerging Dance Artist Award in 2004 & 2005. Her dance theatre work has been presented at BC festivals and series such as Dancing on the Edge, the ROMP! Festival of Independent Dance, with Light Box at Dances for a Small Stage, and with Nervous System System at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival’s Club PuSh. In 2013 Caroline was an Artist in Residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers, and at the Scotiabank Dance Centre with Light Box. She is currently facilitating, teaching and creating community-based dance projects and performances with MovEnt, Joe Ink, and Made in BC – Dance on Tour, as well as working with children, youth and families at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


SAVE THE DATE!
Music on Main hosts Friday, February 13

http://theatrereplacement.org/
http://www.thechoptheatre.com/
http://grunt.ca/
http://www.musiconmain.ca/

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DIG

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Dig into the archives with grunt gallery on Sat Dec 6th (2-5pm).

Learn about artist-run centre archives at grunt and check out photos, slides and video that span over 30 years of exhibition and projects at grunt.

The afternoon will include artist talks by:

> Allison Collins (Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage)
> Emilio Rojas & Igor Santizo (Background/ThisPlace)
> Julia Feyrer (Kitchen)

Visitor’s will also have the opportunity to check out Julia Feyrer’s ongoing installation, Kitchen, happening in grunt gallery’s main gallery.

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Kitchen: Part 1 – History creeps: the grunt kitchen and Julia Feyrer

[grunt had]… an embryonic beginning that was a toss-up. It could have ended several times, but the people who believed in it stuck around. There was always a coffee pot going (and a kettle for tea) to converse over, whether supportive or argumentative. The people were a diverse lot with a multitude of practices. There were musicians (jazz to folk to Cage), writers (Haikus to great epics), visual artists (from drawing and painting etc., to performance art, video and theatre); it wasn’t New York or Paris but just grunt. In its own way, for the community, more important. A safe place that accepted and cross- pollinated a great diversity of creative thought and people.
– Merle Addison, grunt founding member

The show that you’re standing in is part of a larger conversation. At the time of writing I can see a white fridge, a non- working stove, a set of second-hand Ikea cabinets, a pile of 2x4s, an old coffee maker, an arborite table, a chop saw. It is as yet unresolved—and will continue to evolve throughout the run of the exhibition, building in dimension and playing host to events, discussions and small gatherings.

The artist – Julia Feyrer – has been working in the archive for months now, pulling images and ideas out of binders and cupboards, watching videos and running slides. Central to her research has been images of the grunt kitchen, often mined from the background of documentation of openings, fundraisers and board meetings of years past. Faces, overexposed from a 90s-era flashbulb, laughing/ smiling/ smoking/ drinking in the grunt kitchen. Like so many archival investigations, this one is about filling in blanks—pulling information from the literal backgrounds of the collection.

…Read the entire text here.

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Weekly Coasters along Main Street

Sonny Assu has created a playful series of coasters that will be distributed at various Main Street restaurants and pubs during the month of November.

“Inspired by the everyday, beautiful people of Main Street. People I’ve met over my years of living in Mount Pleasant and the people I’ve met through my involvement at the grunt. Grunt has shown me tremendous love and support over the years, and it was an honour to be able to give something back. Something beautiful. Something funny. Something that I hope inspires a conversation between strangers and a “cheers” amongst pals. ” – Sonny Assu

If you happen upon these coasters be sure to tag your photos on instagram with #grunt30.

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Read more about these Coasters designed by Sonny Assu.
This coaster series is available for purchase on our online store.
Big thanks to District Dogs for printing these beautiful letter-pressed coasters.

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