Signal (talking at a distance) by Edward Falkenberg

Year
2015
Medium
Charred Cedar, Charred Ash, and Painted Pine
Size
39 × 18 × 9 inches
99.1 × 45.7 × 22.9 cm
$3800
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About the Work

Tapered flat of charred cedar is oiled into a rich black patina and peppered with dots of silver metal that catch the light. Below this are grey wood strips set akimbo as they emerge from an S shaped support, charred and oiled in the same patina. Falkenberg is an established Canadian sculptor with roots in modern industrial constructivism that then evolved to include story. Here stars align in a sky above a man-made construction. Constructivism is an early 20th century movement that grew from the practice of Russian and eastern European sculptors were 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, viewers are asked to impose additional narratives onto the scene in which stars were used historically in navigation. 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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