An Ode to Remembrance

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The work of Jim Falck brings upon a strange air of familiarity. It looks as though you have seen it before though you cannot recall when, like trying to grasp the pieces of a lost dream.

The beauty of Falck’s work is that you never will be able to name where you have seen it before because it is truly and purely Falck.

The images on display range from architectural drawings to abstract paintings. The immediate influence you see in Falck’s work like Picasso’s cubism, but Falck takes this style and turns it into something entirely his own.

Falck pairs simplistic, minimal images with violent flashes of color. The structure of the images is over-simplified to the point of mystifying complexity, like peering into a visual oxymoron. The overall effect is gripping and enthralling.

The collection of artwork as a whole is immensely expressive and captivating. Spectators are easily brought into Falck’s perspective of the surrounding world.

Throughout the paintings, Falck exercises an immense proficiency in various mediums, including pencil, charcoal and acrylic.

“I want to discover what the paint wants to do. I am not always in control with idea or thought,” a quote from Falck reads.

It is also evident that Falck found beauty in the mundane as the subjects of his paintings portray everyday scenes, just viewed in a different light. The titles of works such as “Late Birthday” and “What a Lovely Spring Day” lend to Falck’s glorification of the mundane most would normally take for granted.

Falck was a North Dakota native who attended NDSU to study architecture. After receiving a degree, he went on to work as an architect in several distinguished firms.

Upon retiring, Falck became a full-time artist. He created art both at home and overseas in Spain and Italy among other countries in artist residencies.

Falck died in 2003 at 84 years old. He gave $3.6 million in artwork and endowment to NDSU to provide scholarships for visual arts students. The endowment will also help to develop the arts program as a whole.

“My uncle did not know what he had to give, but he wanted to give all he had so the NDSU art students could follow their chosen path,” Falck’s niece Mary Anne Swiontek said.

The artwork of Falck is being featured in the Memorial Union Gallery under the title “A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck.” Falck’s work will be displayed until November 18, 2015.

If You Go:

What: “A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck”

Where: Memorial Union Gallery

When: Now – Nov. 18

Cost: Free

Additional Info: Memorial Union Gallery website

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