Abide Edward Falkenberg, RCA

34.5 × 8.25 × 5.75 inches
87.63 × 20.96 × 14.61 cm

A single vertical shard of milled timber in charred black and pierced at the centre by a narrow vertical window, tapers upwards from a base constructed of painted wood orthogonals. A slender wood rectangle in sapphire blue rises parallel to the window from the horizontal construction of curated black and blue blocks. Falkenberg is an established Canadian sculptor with roots in modern constructivism. Constructivism is an early 20th century movement that grew from the practice of Russian and eastern European sculptors. Antoine Pevsner and Naum Gabo were noted for their industrial geometric work that broke from traditional carved sculpture to explore pure form, materials, positive and negative space. Falkenberg, introduced to these modern concepts and forms early in his career, evolved to merge the modern constructivist vision with narrative. This piece, in which spires of white emerge from intersecting black flats, is aptly named Sagrada or sacred. Falkenberg, RCA, attended the Ontario College of Art and graduated in Industrial Design in 1965. Numerous solo and group exhibitions of his sculptures have brought national acclaim. His work is part of corporate and public collections including Imperial Oil, Orfus Investments and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. In 2004, Falkenberg co-founded the Durham West Arts Centre, a self-sustaining public art center in West Durham, Ontario. Commissions include Canadian Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Pickering Town Centre, Presidents Choice Office Tower, Government of Ontario, Dept. of Public Works, Bell Canada Data Centre and the Cadillac Development Corporation.

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