grunt gallery is pleased to present The Blue Cabin Speaker Series featuring talks and discussions centering around The Blue Cabin Exhibitionon view at the gallery from June 14 - July 28, 2018. Artist Jeremy Borsos will give a talk describing the restoration of the small 1920's building known as the Blue Cabin, the one-time studio and home to artists Al Neil (D. Litt, ECU) and Carole Itter (former student and instructor), and will focus on possible translations of the cabin’s history.
When Jeremy Borsos and his wife, Sus, took on the remediation of the Blue Cabin, the grunt gallery never expected what would eventually come 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 scraps 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.