Perfect Lovers: A Conversation with Tyler McPhee and Lauren Findlay


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


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


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

16,352 in process, plate with print

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

Chad States: Night Sweats Curatorial Statement by Jordan Rockford

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Chad States: Night Sweats Curatorial Statement by Jordan Rockford In Night Sweats, Chad States invites us to explore the dark recesses of human desire, those spaces where the pursuit of pleasure overrides restraint, leading us to act with irrational – at times ecstatic – abandon. Photography, States’ customary medium, is no less present in this, … Continue reading

The Secret Handshake: An Essay on Gay, Jewish or Both By Shelley Spector


The Secret Handshake:  An Essay on Gay, Jewish or Both By Shelley Spector In a discussion with Leslie Friedman and Bernardo Margulis about being Jewish and gay, two groups that I am a part of, I get a pass to talk freely. The unspoken rule is that insiders of a group get to say things … Continue reading

Resembly: NAPOLEON’s As first as exactly By Zach Savich


Resembly: NAPOLEON’s As first as exactly by Zach Savich Say the sound that starts an echo is also an echo: in 1905 Picasso paints “Gertrude Stein,” so in 1909 Gertrude Stein writes “Picasso” (the poem, not the memoir from 1938, Picasso), so in 1923 she writes “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso,” … Continue reading

subTRACTION: The Magic of Miniatures An Essay by Janette Chien

subTraction, (Detail), Traction Company for CITYWIDE:  A Collective Exhibition, 2013

Traction Company’s collaborative sculptural exhibition at NAPOLEON was created in conjunction with the CITYWIDE:  A Collective Exhibition exchange.

subTRACTION: The Magic of Miniatures An Essay by Janette Chien Traction Company is a workshop in the purest sense: a foundation literally embedded with old trolley tracks that dig into the entrance gate. The space is gigantic and utilitarian, with three story high walls and exposed rooftop tresses.  A group of thirteen PAFA alumni and … Continue reading

AUTHENTICITY AND ARTIFICE: Lewis Colburn’s Noble Amateur

Untitled (Bachelor Farmer Signal Tower)

Aluminum, pine, denim, cast urethane, steel and electrical components

108” x 60” x 36”

AUTHENTICITY AND ARTIFICE:  Lewis Colburn’s Noble Amateur An Essay by Darcy Van Buskirk History is made in the present. It is not some authentic truth but something vulnerable to entropy. Filtered, edited, glorified, and simplified, past events are made present through narrative, functioning as allegory for current events. History is and only can be artificial. … Continue reading

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