During July Montreal artist Edwin Janzen has been skulking around the Station House Gallery searching for the elusive Columbian Ground Squirrel.
He has put together his findings in an installation for the upper gallery called Conspiracy Case: A fantasy of total surveillance.
The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Note the gallery opening has been moved from the normal Thursday date to Wednesday to accommodate Performances in the Park which take place on Thursday evenings through the summer.
According to his artist’s statement this Montreal artist believes that the Spermophilus Columbianus (the Columbian Ground Squirrel) is predisposed to conspiracy, their communal living being the source of this theory.
He has spent this month researching, photographing, video taping and just generally documenting their lives to see if he can break the case and learn the details of their conspiracy.
The upper gallery is the head quarters and he has built this exhibition starting with furniture; old filing cabinets, wooden chairs, old TV monitors, bulletin boards, etc. and created an old school detective’s office and has collected and displayed evidence much like Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire or Hill Street Blues.
The Conspiracy Case runs in the upper gallery until Sept. 1.
The show Community Roots: Inspirations from the Potato House Project continues through August in the main gallery at the Station House.