Ilana Napoli reviews Images and Notes from the Floating World, works by Tyler Wilkinson & Claes Gabriel recently on view at University City Arts League, Philadelphia.
Napoli writes that "both [artists] describe their relationships with painting as a physical experience. For Claes, painting is a fight. He refers to his sculptural paintings, which evoke totems and often have eyes and mouths, as 'she' and 'he,' and converses with them in the studio. It’s a struggle against the material’s original form, especially when using found objects, and a surrender to the process... Tyler, however, who makes figurative works as well as gestural abstractions, calls painting a dance. His aim is harmony, ... he has an idea for the piece in his head, and tries to adjust his physical performance to inch as close as he can to the ideal concept."