Articles in Category: Alan Falk

Unconditional Love: Cairo Ark Door and Falk's Paintings

Written on November 22, 2013

Falk - The Dybbuk
Unconditional love is a concept that sets the bar of human conduct and forgiveness at a dizzying height, challenging the very fabric of human credulity.  The same stress exists when applied in a religious context, fueling extreme expectations of the Divine/Human relationship.  In a rather curious and unexpected parallelism two current exhibitions express and explore aspects of unconditional love, each with surprising results.  While Yeshiva University Museum’s exhibition of the Ark Door from the Ben Ezra Synagogue reflects that community’s steadfast loyalty to living in the ‘forbidden’ country of Egypt, so too does Alan Falk’s pictorial exploration of the Song of Songs and the Dybbuk proclaim their respective unconditional and undying love.

Alan Falk’s Lessons

Written on August 08, 2011

The Cry of Esau (2010), watercolor by Alan Falk Courtesy the artist

Two of Alan Falk’s biblical paintings immediately assault us aesthetically and thematically.  Isaac Blessing Jacob (2009) and The Cry of Esau (2010) document the famous stolen blessing of Genesis 27 and its consequences.  The ancient Isaac is clad in a white nightshirt, raising his bony hands in blessing over his two sons.  In one Jacob has donned a curly-haired brown Afro deceitfully offering his blind father food, while in the other, Isaac’s trembling hands attempt to bless the hysterical Esau at his feet.  The cartoonish figures are caught in a melodrama of high-keyed color and exaggerated gesture that casts the biblical tale into an unfamiliar and strange realm.