In the Gallery

In the Gallery

 
 

Alan Falk – Between Two Worlds

EXTENDED THROUGH! JUNE 21!
On view Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm
Group viewings can be arranged by contacting DonnaG@charteroakcenter.org

For the past several years, Alan Falk has incorporated diverse Jewish influences into his art, including biblical passages, prophetic writings, rabbinic commentaries, modern Jewish theology and the experience of history. These influences concern a wide range of emotional, spiritual and social elements of human life. Falk has been particularly interested in the panoply of emotions revealed in the Biblical narratives of familial relationships, including unconditional love. 

The focus of this exhibition, entitled Between Two Worlds, represents Falk’s exploration of the romantic and magical aspects of love and the search for the sublime. The exhibition primarily consists of twenty two watercolors based on The Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim),and four paintings based on Sholom Ansky’s celebrated Yiddish drama, The Dybbuk. 

In these starkly contrasting accounts of requited and unrequited love, The Song of Songsis physical, earthbound, and rich in the abundance of life, whilst The Dybbukis tortuous, spiritual, and weighed down by tragedy and death. Yet, in both, unconditional love prevails over all challenges. Falk’s works direct us towards the unity attained by the lovers and the shedding of duality through acts of love. 

About the artist:

Alan Falk was born in England in 1945 and studied painting and printmaking at Manchester College of Art & Design. He was awarded the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art and taught painting at several colleges in England and also taught fine art at colleges and universities in the US and Canada, including New York University.

In England he was represented by major London galleries including the Piccadilly Gallery and New Art Center and was included in numerous group exhibitions in the U.K. and Europe before moving to the United States in 1974 where he has continued exhibiting in group and museum exhibitions including the National Academy of Arts & Letters, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; New York International Art Expo; Minnesota Museum of Art; Columbus Museum Of Art; Bradley University, Peoria;  McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; Kraft Center, Columbia/Barnard College, New York;  Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, PA; Hillel Galery, University of Southern California; The Manny Cantor Center, NY: Amstelkirk, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

He has also had numerous solo exhibitions and has been represented by commercial galleries including E.P Gurewitsch, AM Sachs, Katarina Rich Perlow, and The Krasdale Galleries in New York City, the Alpha Gallery in Denver, CO and public institutions including Montclair State University, NJ ; The Jewish Religious Center at Williams College, MA, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center, CT.

His work is in many public, corporate and private collections in the USA and Europe, including Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; Canisius College, New York; Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, New York; Columbus Museum, Ohio;  The Hebrew Arts School, New York City; Academy for Jewish Religion, New York; New Yorker Magazine; Touchstone Rochdale Art Museum, England; Manchester University, England; The Sandiland Collection, England.

His work can be viewed at www.alanfalkart.com.