Franklin Cain-Borgers and Laura Thatcher
September 2-30, 2017
What happens when your visual, spatial and temporal surroundings become socially flat; how can you begin to even gauge your place in the world, let alone the present? For a month, ROY G BIV Gallery's windows will be blocked out with grey paper except for a small rectangle to see into the space. Inside, a series of grey scale structures, projector screens, and yellowed foam objects will sit uninhabited; rather they will be left behind after an hour long performance on September second. On that day, four bodies will move throughout the two rooms watching, resting and getting damp. For the remainder of the month, the screens will keep catching the projections and the structures will retain a trace of what occurred the day of the opening. "On an Island with You" exposes the world of image as present to us, but our lack of presentness to it; a proximal relation which forces us to disappear in order to situate ourselves within its sphere.
Franklin Cain-Borgers received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH) and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY). He has exhibited at Skylab Gallery and Corrugate Studios (Columbus, OH) and participated in group shows such as "Teen Creeps Art Collective" (Los Angeles, CA) and "Dark Matter," Mint Collective (Columbus, OH). Cain-Borgers has also been recognized with the Helen Winnemore Scholarship and the Charles Hall Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Painting, from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and was a nominee for the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.
Laura Thatcher received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH) and is currently an MFA candidate at Rhode Island School of Design, (Providence, RI). She has exhibited at the Acock Gallery (Columbus, OH) and is one of the founders of "CURRENTS," a community discussion group and monthly magazine based out of Columbus, OH. Thatcher has also assisted in the direction and production of films such as bonus footage for the independent feature film, "Summer of Sangaile" by Alante Kavaite, and worked as the video editor and assistant for independent filmmaker Christina Beck (Los Angeles, CA)