Morning by Edward Falkenberg

Charred Willow, Steel and Paint
30 × 44 × 5 inches
76.2 × 111.8 × 12.7 cm
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About the Work

Bas relief sculpture comprised of a willow slab, charred and oiled into a rich black patina is incised with angled lines below spires of icy white backed in fluorescent magenta. The bright colour reflects dramatically against the wall. Superimposed on the whole is a perfect ring made of steel. 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. In this work, constructed elements cue us to sunrise and unity with the elements. 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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