Black Sticks 3 Edward Falkenberg

10 × 35 × 8 inches
25.4 × 88.9 × 20.3 cm
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Four forked branches of similar diameter in a dense mat black acrylic intersect at dynamic angles. The seemingly random organization of the branches on closer examination reveals the deliberate and curated relationship of the elements – organic but still rooted in the modern constructivist exploration of pure shape, colour and space. 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 noted for their built, 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. In this piece, a deceptively simple arrangement of blackened sticks allows viewers to contemplate their own perhaps somber stories of trees and forests. 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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