deluge contemporary art

June 17 to July 16, 2016

Immaculate Debris

Jeremy Borsos

Opening Friday, June 17, 7pm


Deluge Contemporary Art is proud to present an exhibition of new works by polymathic Canadian artist Jeremy Borsos—his first solo show since 2012. Comprising a room sized installation, the eponymous Immaculate Debris is supported by two media works and an excerpt from an ongoing photo-based series. A vast accretion of arcane objects collected over decades, Immaculate Debris features 150 unique items in duplicate, whose readings are recontextualized through their display. These once quotidian things, appearing and disappearing alongside each other, impart a kind of visual amnesia and disoriented memory through the form of an “antithetical” archive. Borsos is interested in the limits of unconscious memory and the function of obsession and aphasia: how the purpose-built process of cognition and forgetting can be assembled and reassembled in endless permutations. In The Great Aims Society, Borsos has superimposed the narrative of an anonymous collective past over footage assembled from numerous silent home movies, using actors to dub in the lacunae of speech. Drive By invites viewers into a small, mid-century cardboard shack to witness automobiles endlessly enter and exit the frame as they scramble our sense of time, place and space. The vandalization of memory is explored in the subjects of Lens Obstruction, a “minefield of wrong turns” embracing erasure and obliteration as antidotes to the canonical and expected.

Jeremy Borsos lives and works on Mayne Island, BC and in Athens, Greece. After working in the motion picture industry in multiple capacities Borsos enrolled at the Emily Carr School of Art in Vancouver in 1983 after which he relocated to New York to study classical media at the Art Students League, returning to Canada in 1987. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada as well as internationally and his work—in writing, photography, installation, painting and video—is represented in numerous private and public collections.

Monograph by Michael Turner
© Deluge Contemporary Art, 2016
Deluge Art Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada
Canadian Art, Art Gallery Greater Victoria