Haeusler, Clarence (2000)
This publication originates from an exhibition organized by Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Village Branch Gallery, May 19 to July 2, 2000. A fleet of unusual bicycles has been invented in Clarence Haeusler's garage/studio in Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan. Haeusler's facility and ingenuity with materials, and the obvious pleasure he takes in decoration suggest there is as much art as engineering in his bikes. He is a lively inventor who is preoccupied by how far you can take a bicycle as an idea, yet still take it for spin around the block. Clarence Haeusler has lived in Lake Lenore near Humboldt, with his wife Frances since their marriage in 1952. Haeusler retired from farming around 1980, and worked as a road grader operator for the Rural Municipality of Lake Lenore until 1992. His favourite "job", to date, is tinkering around in his shop. "The Art of Contraptions: Clarence Haeusler's Bikes" publishes an essay by the nationally acclaimed poet, Don McKay. The essay positions Clarence Haeusler's bicycle among the most unexpected company, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Red Green. Don McKay was winner of the 1991 Governor General's Award for Poetry for his book Night Field. His ninth book of poetry, Another Gravity, was published this spring by McClelland & Stewart. Don McKay lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.
Curator: Helen Marzolf
Description: Tri-fold, 2 pages, 3 colour images
Essay: Don McKay
RPL Call Number: Dunlop 709 HAEUS