Lorne Beug, "Dragon Moon," 2008, archival inks on canvas, 46" X 45" (triptych).
LORNE BEUG, Unfolding Worlds
Nouveau Gallery, Regina
April 18 to May 17, 2008
By Stacey Abramson
The latest work by Regina-based artist Lorne Beug is a dreamy glimpse into a modern take on 18th and 19th century decorative wallpaper and panels. In the exhibition Unfolding Worlds: Night Gardens & Wonder Cabinets, Beug brings viewers into a fantastical garden setting through panels and papers. After becoming interested in the panoramic wallpapers made during these centuries, Beug created his own wallpaper, invoking Shakespearian descriptors and the buzzing beauty of a ripe garden in the moonlight. He starts with the idea of the paneled vistas and deconstructs them into paper, scroll and canvas panel works, producing a disjointed and contemporary take on the idea. Through his use of midnight shades juxtaposed with vivid greenery and wildlife, Beug brings viewers into a world unlike any other. He has also created a series of poetic dioramas or “wonder cabinets.” Gilded trinkets are placed beside natural specimens such as minerals and apothecary jars of earthly elements. The cabinets also examine the categorical nature of humans to organize and display objects of curiosity in an anthropological manner. The combination of the two bodies of work in the exhibition creates a fanciful experience of escape and wonder.
Represented by: Nouveau Gallery, Regina