Edward Falkenberg, ‘Golden Entry’, 2006, Oeno Gallery
Edward Falkenberg, ‘Golden Entry’, 2006, Oeno Gallery
Edward Falkenberg, ‘Golden Entry’, 2006, Oeno Gallery
Edward Falkenberg, ‘Golden Entry’, 2006, Oeno Gallery
Edward Falkenberg, ‘Golden Entry’, 2006, Oeno Gallery

Like so many of Falkenberg's works, this sculpture plays with the idea of home, passages, and dreams. It is created with carved, charred and burnished wood. The black matte finish of the taller element exists in sharp contrast with the high gloss, gold enamel finish of the work's single entry point. A solo cloud occupies a small silver presence atop the work, interrupting the vertical ripples of the wood-grain, and adding a subtle complexity to the composition.

Sculptor Edward 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 corporate collections including Imperial Oil in Alberta and Orfus Investments in Ontario. In 2004, Falkenberg co-founded the Durham West Arts Centre, a self-sustaining public art centre in West Durham, Ontario.

"At the Ontario College of Art I discovered art work as espoused by the constructivists of the early 1900's. I was quite captivated by the ideals of Walter Gropius, Antoine Pevesner, Wassily Kandinsky, and Naum Gabo, the founders and teachers of the Bauhaus School of Design. I also discovered the works of Anthony Caro and David Smith. They moved away from the figure, used new materials, and relieved sculpture from the plinth. I found all this very exciting. In my early work I manipulated space by the use of flat planes. I drew inspiration from the inherent spirit of the natural landscape, architecture, and the urban environment. My process of working is one of growth and transformation of the original concept to something that transmutes into a life of its own, with originality and spirit. I enter into a dialogue with the material and allow it great latitude in how it is going to let my concept manifest. As the work proceeds, it tells me the next step to take. There is a magic moment in the life of every new work, when it speaks to me and says “Yes! I exist! I can now take my place in this world. I feel whole and complete. This continuing series is slowly changing itself to reflect the environmental concerns of the planet. The blackened tree trunk is held in reverence, warning that this once precious life could be nothing but a burnt memory."