Posted on Jun 20, 2018 in Events, Talk

[su_spacer size=”5″] A speaker series created and hosted by grunt gallery, a partner in the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency project.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 pm, grunt gallery


Please join us for an evening with artist Jeremy Borsos who will give a talk describing the restoration of the small 1920’s building known as the Blue Cabin. The talk will focus on possible translations of the cabin’s history. 

Every place where we live contains something of our having been there long after our departure. When reading the various signs of the past held inside the Blue Cabin, we realize the potential of narrative imagined through what is missing and what is rediscovered. The question of what is forgotten or remembered finally is a matter of interpretation—a platform for the imagination. 

Jeremy Borsos lives and works on Mayne Island, British Columbia and in Athens, Greece. He worked in the motion picture industry in numerous capacities before enrolling at Emily Carr School of Art in Vancouver in 1983. He then relocated to New York, where he attended the Art Students League to study classical media. He returned to Canada in 1987, and has since exhibited his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Jeremy’s multidisciplinary practice includes architecture, writing, photography, installation, painting, and video. Together, he and his wife Sus have developed a meta-historical use of salvaged architecture, constructing multiple dwellings and ancillary structures in both Canada and Europe.

This talk is part of The Blue Cabin Speaker Series. Events are free of charge and open to the public. This program has been supported by the Hamber Foundation.

Images: Blue Cabin restoration photographs courtesy of grunt gallery, Jeremy Borsos & Sus Borsos


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.

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 the Burrard Inlet. When the adjacent land occupied by MacKenzie Barge and Shipbuilding for 100 years was sold to Polygon Homes for redevelopment, the cabin’s demolition seemed imminent. Working collaboratively and with the support of many, Other Sights, grunt gallery and C3 moved the cabin to a nearby storage site and then on to Maplewood Farms where, in the sheep pasture, it underwent extensive repair by artist team Sus and Jeremy Borsos.

The organizations’ vision for the cabin is to outfit it as an artist studio and to mount it to a floating platform alongside a tiny house, to serve as a vital, off the grid, multi-disciplinary floating artist residency. The idea to set the cabin adrift from ownership or permanent location speaks to its history and occupation of the foreshore as a generative space. The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency is unique to this region while global in its reach.


Other Sights is a non-profit arts organization that develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms outside of the gallery context. Other Sights collaborates and shares resources with organizations and individuals to present artworks that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life. For more information visit

Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15 and the Canada Council for the arts.