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Art Watch : Franz Falckenhaus

Franz Falckenhaus is in focus for our Art Watch for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

There are collages and then there are collages that will be forever imprinted in visual memory. For the pure shock value that they generate and the dialogue that perhaps ensue. Somehow adding an element in a work from a time gone by, adds to the appeal of the work. Welcome to the montage that self-taught collage artist Falckenhaus brings.

There is a rawness in his approach which is untouched by formal training and technique. Falckenhaus’s creations – if one tries to understand – are best described as instinctive and spontaneous. This certainly gives him an added advantage in the world of collage artists. Because it furbishes his work with an aura of ‘newness’, which ironically negates the fact that they are made-up of found images. In addition, Falckenhaus’s works stand apart. He presents the images along with personal illustrations on them. Drawings and other artistic interventions that transform the work from being a mere collage, into art.

Franz Falckenhaus was born in 1975 in Bartoszyce, Poland and he currently lives and works in in Krakow. He studied and graduated with a degree in Information Technology and Computer related Studies. Franz always had an interest in photography, film, and the craft of collage making. However, he never had any formal training in the arts.

Why Franz Falckenhaus?

One of the aspects of his collage works, apart from them being mainly digital, is that they are always composed from selected vintage illustrations and images mixed with found paper materials. In all the works the addition of the retro image and the vintage aspect is an additional lure. For the audience to be drawn into the story that he is trying to tell. He has mastered the art of skilfully combining elements.

Franz’s passion with vintage aesthetics is clearly evident in all his works. He tries to inject a sense of humour into his subject matter, however he does often achieve a dark or ominous texture to his language as well.But there is always a sense of a certain nostalgia.

Being a self-taught collage artist, he sees things a little differently, and he is unbound by conventions or set patterns. His central theme is thought-provoking, though he has found an effective way to communicate. The deep and disturbing in his creations beg for a closer stud, as well as the more light hearted works that have been so cunningly put together. He doesn’t limit himself in anyway. From addressing contemporary social issues as can be conjectured from the “Untiled: the twin kissing faces, he raises questions if society has eroded the individual identities, in their attempt to keep up a façade. His thoughts are compelling as they scratch the surface of conventions.   

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