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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Big Screen
Maker: Lorne Beug
Year: 1985
Country: Canadian
Materials: metal, wood, ceramic tile, enamel on wood support
Measurements: overall: 203 cm x 94.6 cm x 3.8 cm; *measurement of 159.4 cm for length does not include base
ID Number: PC85.9

Extended Label Info: Have you ever looked out over the prairies from an airplane window? The landscape of in southern Saskatchewan looks very much like a quilt, the result of early British surveyors who divided the prairies into square parcels of farmland, each section a mile by a mile. Beug’s interest in maps and aerial surveys is a theme that he has returned to in his work many times, most notably in his public commissions such as: the ceramic mural for the City of Regina Field House, “Patterned Ground”(1987), and the tile floor in the University of Regina's Riddell Centre (1996). The title of this wall piece “Big Screen” humorously compares the aerial view of the earth with a large-size television or cinema screen—who could have a bigger screen than the birds-eye view of the earth? 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).