#048 - William LaChance

#048 - William LaChance


Destination: Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA
Date: 14 August - 20 August, 2018

About the artwork:
Materials: Hand painted wooden sculpture on wooden base.
Series of 35 unique hand painted wooden sculptures

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A little word by William LaChance


“The most striking thing for me about Old Orchard Beach was the proximity of the overtly natural landscape to the overtly artificial vibe of an old amusement town. And, perhaps ironically, I was pleasantly surprised to see how populated with tourists Old Orchard Beach was, at the time I was there. The whole place and its vibe a bit of a throwback so I assumed likely waning in popularity so to see it so thriving was reassuring in a way. Old Orchard Beach being strictly seasonal immunizes it from corporate infiltration and because of that it's a place that relies on very analog methods of attracting and entertaining people- lots of visually rich hand painted signage, small scale motels with their own novelty schtick, mimetic architecture. It was a pleasure to dive into that. In retrospect it was like being in a fugue state, being dropped into an unknown place for a protracted period of time to observe it all like a lucid dream.

For my Jaunt Forma artwork I've created a series of 35 unique free standing wood sculptures- the forms themselves are loosely inspired by early figural carnival prizes and the motifs refer to recalled imagery, carnival rides, shooting targets, t-shirt shops, concession stands- and all individually painted with equally evocative polychrome schemes and compositions.”



Travel diary

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Friday, August 17, 2018


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Artifice of amusement, Old Orchard Beach, Maine


Sunday, August 19, 2018

More impressions of Old Orchard Beach, ME