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Item Name: Painting
Title: Three Strata in the Evolution of Man
Maker: Lorne Beug
Year: 1974
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic, watercolour and ink
Measurements: in frame: 101 cm x 70.5 cm; work: 70.5 cm x 41.9 cm
ID Number: ART 086
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Lorne Beug’s art has consistently been characterized by a layering and conflation of geological time and human history. His ceramic sculptures of the late 1970s and early 1980s often resemble geological sections – cut from the earth’s crust to reveal both the landscape’s surface and the underlying layers of sediments – shaped into specific cultural forms, which often whimsically establish a dialogue between natural and social histories. Precursors to those sculptures are Beug’s works on paper such as Three Strata in the Evolution of Man where an examination of the earth’s layers are reimagined and give a narrative that puts an emphasis on man as machine in contrast to the earth with its dirt, fossils and inhabitants. Beug’s quirky reimagining’s of nature and culture provide a sense of approachability for viewers that is not only entertaining but thought provoking. Lorne Beug (1948- ) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm northeast of the city where he spent hours collecting rocks and digging in the soil. He graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology in 1969. In the early 1970s Beug studied ceramics under instructors such as Joe Fafard and Marilyn Levine. Beug moved to Vancouver in 1978 to teach ceramics at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Returning to Regina in 1983, Beug started combining ceramics with other materials and has since worked in photo collage, faux marbling, mosaic mapping, and mixed-media sculpture. Beug’s work is part of many public and corporate collections including the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Memorial University (St. John’s, NF).