Working on my sketch of the old Bainbridge Lumber building, I find myself wondering. Is it still standing? During my last visit to the Island, I hadn’t heard of immediate plans for demolition, but it’s inevitable right?
From my perch halfway across the world, affection for this clunky blue structure wells up in me. There’s no need to draw straight lines for age makes everything crooked. The door sits dead center in the composition, the gate hangs open to the bay. Point White Drive makes an appearance in window reflections.
Change is inevitable and I do not complain. But this series, “Vanishing Bainbridge,” claims tribute to what has been loved and may soon be lost, or might already be for all I know. It is a celebration, a wake, a notice.
“Vanishing Bainbridge” the exhibition comes to The Art Project, June 2019.
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