UNDERSTUDY: The Work of Peter Cotroneo, Alex Ibsen, Brad Jamula and Mark Martinez by Kristen Mills

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UNDERSTUDY: The Work of Peter Cotroneo, Alex Ibsen, Brad Jamula and Mark Martinez An Essay by Kristen Mills Let’s talk about play. Play allows freedom with a sense of power and a sense of intimate control. Play is also paradoxical; it is serious and non-serious, real and not real, seemingly purposeless but crucial for resiliency. … Continue reading

WHAT HAPPENED (T)HERE: Lewis Colburn, On This Site: An Essay by Sarah Kim

On This Site, 2014. Installation view, showing cart, obelisk and two wall-mounted castings. Concrete, pine, plywood, nylon and polyethylene foam. 2014. Dimensions variable.

WHAT HAPPENED (T)HERE: Lewis Colburn, ON THIS SITE (2014) An Essay by Sarah Kim N∆POLEON  The obelisk.  A knife cutting into the sky—an unabashedly machismo protest of—? Once stone was eternal, its immortality arises from physical immovability. History is a human interpretation of reality; aware of this, architects used the stolidity of a monument as a brazen … Continue reading

Holding Our Own: John Thompson’s invisible travelers: An essay by Sally Eckhoff

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Holding Our Own: John Thompson’s invisible travelers An essay by Sally Eckhoff When D.B. Cooper stepped out of the passenger door of a Boeing 727 in midair on Thanksgiving eve, 1971, he couldn’t have known what sort of mythical figure he’d turn out to be. Earlier in the day, he boarded the same plane, took … Continue reading

An Essay by Liza Coviello: devynn emory’s Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art

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devynn emory’s Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art An essay by Liza Coviello Work that an artist puts out into the world deserves a conversation, whether that conversation is expected or desired. devynn emory’s Personal Public investigates how one performance artist creates social change, whether knowingly or not, by challenging the status quo … Continue reading

Excavating the Layers: Maggie Casey’s Breaker, an Essay By Liza Coviello

Maggie Casey, Breaker, plaster, tin foil, foam, silk, vinyl, metal; 5’ x 5’ x 22”, 2014

Excavating the Layers: Maggie Casey’s Breaker An Essay By Liza Coviello Directions for recreating an object, your directions for putting together that IKEA shelf or for making your grandmother’s pasta sauce, are common languages spoken by all those who share in their use. These languages exist separately and in their own space, or trading network, … Continue reading

Perfect Lovers: A Conversation with Tyler McPhee and Lauren Findlay

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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

Traveler, Not Tourist: The work of Kathryn Armstrong: An Essay by Paula Katz

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Traveler, Not Tourist: The work of Kathryn Armstrong An Essay by Paula Katz “The past went that-a-way. When faced with a totally new situation, we tend always to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into … Continue reading

On Kris Strawser’s Switch: An Essay by Nancy Mahl

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On Kris Strawser’s Switch An Essay by Nancy Mahl Whether one perceives a necktie, any necktie, as a noose by which the subject may lose his agency, an arrow emphatically guiding a viewer’s attention toward the wearer’s groin, or a sartorial marker of class, it is impossible to see this simple piece of cloth as … Continue reading

Discovering the Space Between: C. Pazia Mannella and Tamsen Wojtanowski, An essay by Jillian Matthews

Force (detail), Hand and digital embroidery on raw silk, 40" x 24" x 5", 2014

Discovering the Space Between: C. Pazia Mannella and Tamsen Wojtanowski An essay by Jillian Matthews As the stars illuminate and move through a dark sky as night falls or a summer breeze rustles the delicate petals of a flower in bloom, memories of experiences are not static, but constantly shifting. As time passes, perspectives change; … Continue reading

Emerging from Alexis Hugo Nutini’s Chrysalis, an Essay by Christa DiMarco

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Emerging from Alexis Hugo Nutini’s Chrysalis An Essay by Christa DiMarco The word chrysalis alone is an unmistakable indication that here two dreams are joined together, dreams that bespeak both the repose and flight of being, evening’s crystallization and wings that open to the light. In the body of the winged manor, which dominates both … Continue reading

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