Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
"Patterns of Obsession" highlights Claes Gabriel’s and Andrew Chalfen’s unconventional approach to painting and color. Similar to the obsessive patterning found within Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Gabriel and Chalfen have distinctive methods in the design, layering, and color play of their work.
Claes Gabriel is a Philadelphia-based artist from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He stretches and sews canvases over wooden armatures to construct masks and free-standing statues.Referencing Haitian culture through color, folklore, and his own imagined tales, Gabriel creates god-like presences in each artwork.
Andrew Chalfen is a self-taught artist who paints meticulous, intensely patterned works of art. He began drawing as a creative outlet while recovering from hand surgery. Aerial views, fly-over zones, cartography, architectural renderings, fractal blooms, and other natural and man-made patterns inspire his paintings.