Philly Weekly Says ‘Pleased to Meet You’ is “a salutation to the larger world.”
Philadelphia Weekly covers ‘Pleased to Meet You’ and gives the show (and our three new members) a big thumbs up!
The article’s author, Katherine Rochester, carefully describes and critiques the three artists’ works in the show. Ziemke’s sculptures strike an “unexpected balance,” Day’s work confronts the “prejudice against ornamentation in art,” and Nutini’s panel seems to “flash for a moment, then recede.”
It is in Rochester’s last paragraph that she expresses how the three members may be new to NAPOLEON, but they are not new to the Philadelphia art scene:
Each artist received degrees from Philadelphia art schools, and each has shown their work many times over on their home turf. Prior to joining the ranks of artists-who-run-galleries in the warehouse at 319 N. 11th St.—which also houses collectively run spaces like Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Practice—Ziemke, Day and Nutini were all professionally invested in the art community as educators. Ziemke is a current artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio; Day is a visiting assistant professor at the University of the Arts, and Nutini is an adjunct professor of printmaking at the Tyler School of Art. Compared with fellow art scene newbie FJORD, whose members are all fresh out of art school, Napoleon is apparently chasing some fairly distinguished contributors. It’s nice to have variety, and Napoleon is stacking the odds with some well-known names. Professionally speaking then, Ziemke, Day and Nutini are well on their way, even if their objects are encountering each other at Napoleon for the first time.
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