devynn emory’s Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art Curated by NAPOLEON member Liza Coviello September’s exhibition examines the importance of asserting gender identification in art, particularly in performance art where the body is a fundamental part of the work and the artist invites the viewer into this personal, physical space. In conversation with and … Continue reading
Tyler McPhee’s Show receives acclaim from TheArtBlog.org Michael Carroll Reviews ‘Perfect Lovers’ In the review, Michael Carroll praises McPhee. “Throughout the show, McPhee tactfully weaves an open narrative within each of his works, then leaves the viewer to unravel the story.” He goes on to say: Altogether, Perfect Lovers reads as a biographic showcase of … Continue reading
NAPOLEON is pleased to announce additional programming in conjunction with Breaker will be taking place on Saturday, August 2 at 3pm. Join a discussion between artist Maggie Casey and Philadelphia-based library scientist Jason Young as they discuss the role written directions play in the record keeping and replication of activity-made commodities. Focusing on both recipe and textile pattern methodologies, Casey and Young … Continue reading
Chip Schwartz on Tyler McPhee’s Solo-Show He too finds the ocean a great inspiration In the review of McPhee’s show, Schwartz praises his arrangements. Of the title piece, Schwartz says: …longing and heartfelt notions of love and loss are explored by way of the mirror image of a lighthouse. Reflecting in such a way that … Continue reading
Issues surrounding gender discrimination and equity, gender variance, and in visibility and discrimination for the gender non-conforming have been on my mind lately, more so than usual. As I am organizing a show for Napoleon in September on some of these topics, I am discouraged (and additionally, feel pressed) by the continued slights shown by … Continue reading
Perfect Lovers: A Conversation with Tyler McPhee By Lauren Findlay Tyler McPhee presents the romance of Maritime environments in a new series on view at Napoleon entitled Perfect Lovers. The collection captures an intense feeling of longing and whimsicality, almost drifting the viewer towards the melancholia of feelings unrequited. Bas Jan Ader’s fatal project In … Continue reading
A new article in Title Magazine reviews Between Matter and Experience, an exhibition in the President’s Office at the University of the Arts, coordinated by NAPOLEON member H. John Thompson. Artist and writer Tom Cszazsar draws connections across several current exhibitions in Philadelphia, including Ruffneck Constructivists at the ICA and the recently closed Department of Neighborhood Services at Fleisher/Ollman. See the full review here.
Video Documentation by Jaime Alvarez of Kris Strawser’s exhibition, Switch from May 2014.
Untitled (Set for a Homestead) 2011, 2014, Installation view from Force Field Project There’s an excellent article written by Christa DiMarco at Title Magazine about Napoleon Member Lewis Colburn’s large scale environmental installations and sculptures. The piece takes an interesting look at the ideas that drive Colburn’s work, in particular history’s decisions to monumentalize or to forget. Centennial (American … Continue reading
NAPOLEON members Christina P. Day and H. John Thompson both have work in the 73rd Woodmere Annual, and critic Edith Newhall mentioned both works in her review for the Inquirer: McEneaney’s taste in sculpture would seem to run to the small and representational, judging from the three sculptures she selected: H. John Thompson’s disorienting wood reconstructions of … Continue reading