Shadow City Edward Falkenberg, RCA

16 × 8 × 4 inches
40.64 × 20.32 × 10.16 cm

A tapered organic structure grounded by intersecting geometric forms suggestive of stairs, wall and sky. Charred and oiled into a dark patina, the wood shapes are given meaning by a single white cloud. A surrealist narrative emerges naturally from this intimate built space. Falkenberg is an established Canadian sculptor with roots in modern constructivism that then evolved to include story. 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 constructivist vision with narrative implicit in the title of this work. 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 centre 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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