“Art as I understand it, is the essence of poetry.” *
The Wiesbaden-based artist Falk Jung represents a contemporary art style that is created through the process of merging the play of colors, lines and formal language into poetry. The expressive motifs always tell a story – he calls them visual poetry. Predominant attributes such as metaphor, elegance, magic and sensuality are framed in a color-intensive depth.
At the beginning of his work there is always poetry. A word, a poem, a written or thought word. But also a single tone - or even entire tone sequences. Falk Jung's way of working is best described as follows: breaking up the feeling of harmony, deconstructing it and then bringing each of the fragments into an unusually colorful form. It is a generative process with the aim of making poetry visible. And this poetry is therefore in the Jungian cosmos, the beginning and the end of every picture.
"They are my memories, secrets, Visual power and magic.”*
Falk Jung, who grew up in Thuringia, was socialized early on with Eastern European, contemporary music. A circumstance that made him sensitive to the society in the process of upheaval through the melancholic tone sequences.
He associated the end of the GDR primarily with the decline of industry, whose development was based on standstill and was a visible counter-element of the political agenda. The communication of “socialist realism” in everyday life exercised a peculiar fascination for him – despite his serious political differences with it. He grew up in an East German district town that lived mainly from potash mining. From the fall of the Wall to his oldest memories, sooty cities, ruins left over from World War II, smog and industrial chimneys were an integral part of his life. Even more: the morbid charm exerted a unique fascination on him. This stark contrast to the untouched nature on the one hand and the socialist prefabricated buildings - depressive shadows of Walther Gropius - on the other, opened a slot for the first creative attempts. It was the time when he began to write down fragments and create dark soundscapes. The word and the sound were magical fixed points, but Jung did not yet have the technical means to transform all of this into images that corresponded to his ideas. For now, all that remained was music and writing.
In the mid-1990s, Falk Jung began a radio show, which he filled with inspiration and life for 25 years. The musical field of tension focused on intense emotional states between joy, dreaminess, but also discomfort and melancholy. Every single, meticulously crafted broadcast was an intense and touching musical experience that put the listener in an atmospheric state of intoxication.
At the end of this decade, Falk Jung went into advertising as a graphic designer, a passion that is still part of his personal vita today.
“My works are visual places, full of longing.”*
Newly emerging computer technology offered for the first time the possibility of processing all of one's complex thoughts in digital form and thus releasing one's own art from its thought exile and finally pouring it into the appropriate form. From image manipulation, 3D software to AI/AI tools, which Falk Jung lets you learn with his own content, this is a kind of road along a desired generative process in which the artist feels comfortable and his creativity can develop freely.
The opulent play of colors in his pictures, some of which seem surreal, often contrasts with his lines. Falk Jung sees deconstruction as a stylistic device whose possibilities to create something new are always in focus and thus form the basic framework of his art.
His pictorial landscapes are magical in this special way because you feel comfortable in them and can therefore inhabit them. A refuge for your own desires, where longings and emotions find a new home. Visual spaces that invite you to linger. You just have to follow the lyrics.
(*Quotes from the artist)