Coming up next:
Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement
July 14 – August 28 2017 • Lake Country Art Gallery
Scott August • Canadian (b. 1980)
You wont find much about Peter Soehn on the Internet, aside from the occasional credit on a roadside attractions website, or as the creator of some bizarre “world largest sculpture“ in Western Canada. In a time before digital posts occupied our lives, we spent time outside, visiting petting zoo’s, waterslides, theme parks and fruit stands. In Furbish: Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement, artist Scott August explores what little remains of Peter’s unrecognized legacy, from unearthing a buried 1970’s Billboard, to posthumously documenting the artist’s mind-boggling studio, all that remains of his efforts were fading family photographs, unfinished sculptures, and dust covered memories.
Born in Saskatchewan in 1933, Peter Soehn not only created characters of rural life, he himself was exactly that. Soehn worked as a television prop builder and on-camera painting Instructor in Alberta and in Kelowna British Columbia at C.H.B.C. T.V. during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1980’s his family created ambitious folk-art sculptures and theme-parks for the amusement of others, from the demolished Kelowna Zoo to the re-developed Old MacDonald’s Farm, very little remains of his work in the Okanagan.
Scott August is a Kelowna born artist working between the Okanagan and Vancouver, he has been actively photographing and collecting what remains of the Soehn’s Attractions. Furbish: Remnant Themes of Post-Amusement will resurrect forgotten feelings and memories, while enveloping the viewer in it’s overwhelming scale and decaying state. Like Peter Soehn, Scott August’s art focuses around creating fantastical large-scale installations: 25 Foot Cowboy (2005), Bear Peaking Over Mountain Gets New Cowboy Friend (2008), and Artist Changes Sign (2015). He has exhibited at the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria’s 50/50 Gallery, Vancouver’s Interurban Gallery, and abroad at Pop Montreal Arts Festival and Chicago’s Three Walls Gallery.
Plan your summer vacation around visiting FURBISH at the Lake Country Art Gallery, then continue with your Soehn travel-homage by visiting his legendary Penticton Peach, his Cultas Lake water squirting frogs, or by trying on his Clem T. Gopher Mascot Head at the World Famous Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington Alberta.
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CALL FOR ART - Gallery Members themed exhibition
Are We There Yet?
Canadian Roadside Attractions
Call for Artist Submissions for the next members exhibition! "Are We There Yet" is a gallery showing that encompasses everything about the quintessential Canadian roadtrip- Canadian landmarks, themes of travel or movement, ideas of place and destination... There are many roads to take with this theme!
Open to all members of the Lake Country Art Gallery. No size limitations, one artwork per artist. Drop-off is August 24th, 25th and 26th during office hours.
Exhibition runs August 30th through September 30th.
(this includes the weekend of Lake Country ArtWalk)
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