Monthly Archives: August 2011

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There are certain learning curves to every project. The House Project just happens to come with a full set of learning slides! Early on, one of the artists mentioned that we should turn the entire house into a giant game of snakes & ladders. I guess that kind of stuck with Wayne Garrett and I, …

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Meaghan Baxter wrote this article about the House Project from Saskatchewan. She called each one of us individually and gathered everything together, and then FFWD published “Re-imagining the Unusable” this morning.

Also this morning: Greg Chernoff, the fantastic host of Soapbox Derby on CJSW, had John Frosst, Andrew Frosst, Wayne Garrett and myself on the radio. Wish I’d thought to snag a recording!

The ball is rolling, and the artists of The House Project are beginning to swing into action for REAL. Andrew Frosst leaves for Montreal on Saturday, so John Frosst and he are getting down to it, beginning to form geometric shapes out of “reclaimed” plywood around the interior windows of the house.

Lane Shordee’s kitchen whirlpool is turning quite rapidly into a tropical oasis. He brought his pal Sean MacAlister to help out on Sunday, and the whirlpool piece looks to be in great shape, with a board walk wrapping around it and a large glass basin. Lane used the clear glass top from a deck table for the basin of his whirlpool (which somehow fits perfectly).

Lauren Simms is also getting down to work. Last we talked, there was a rumour of black lights and white string drawings. Her white string is getting to take over the room, and the barred chain gate of the gun closet plays into the lined aesthetic very well.

For our part, I took today and tomorrow off work, and Wayne Garrett and I started cutting the hole needed for our main-floor to basement slide. The plan is to cover the hole with a door, so it looks like a strange topsy-turvy hallway to the basement.

Danny Kirk and Ian Ward are still out of town, but it looks like they’re going to be working like crazy when they get back here. Between handmade balloons and hidden paintings, it looks like The House Project will round itself out pretty well. Now we’re all in the crunch, so only time can tell.

This is a poster for The House Project. It took me forever because each letter was scanned from a 1960s machinist’s handbook and edited as a separate layer in photoshop. There must be better ways, but I’m not privy to them. The most fortuitous¬† part of the poster is the “calculated” house-shaped spacing between the pentagon-prisms and the larger pentagon. These images are actually scanned from separate pages… and they just happened to line up perfectly in the shape of a house.

Planning and staring (and staring… and planning…) and ripping things apart.

In this (short) series of photos you can see Lane Shordee scoping out the laundry machines, the summer exterior of 229, John and Andrew Frosst right after they clambered down off the roof and onto the back deck, Ashley Bristowe getting excited for the space (Sara Simpson to her left), Chris Turner with a glass o’ wine, and Lane contemplating the kitchen floor/cupboards/counters that he’s beginning to cut into. These are the beginnings, and it’s going to get pretty crazy in the next few weeks. Just wait until those Frosst boys get to work!

As an aside, while the stucco asbestos test in the basement came up CLEAR, we still haven’t heard back about the second asbestos test (drywall mud). We’ll know whether or not the coast is clear by TOMORROW. Cross your fingers for us.