Kathryn J Armstrong: Phases of Reflection

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Phases of Reflection A site-responsive work by Kathryn J Armstrong organized by NAPOLEON member Marc Blumthal Phases of Reflection investigates memory as impermanent encounter that is often difficult to record. Being uncertain of what will happen next allows the artist to simultaneously leave the past, while moving towards the future. It is within this loose … Continue reading

Kris Strawser: Switch

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Switch An exhibition by installation artist and sculptor Kris Strawser It’s a place you didn’t design but must inhabit. There’s an order, a logic, an expectation. The fit is tight, intrusive. The walls are latticed with shadows and symbols that are written and 3D. Try to read the signs. An immersive installation with drawing, fabric and … Continue reading

C. Pazia Mannella & Tamsen Wojtanowski: Inside Voices

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Inside Voices An exhibition by artist C. Pazia Mannella and founding NAPOLEON member Tamsen Wojtanowski “I remember in order to be unhappy/happy – not in order to understand.” – Proust In their two-person exhibition, Inside Voices, artists Tamsen Wojtanowski and C. Pazia Mannella use their practice to investigate the past; compliant with the quicksand that is … Continue reading

Alexis Nutini: Chrysalis

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Chrysalis An exhibition by Napoleon member Alexis Nutini Chrysalis is an exhibition of mosaics composed of woodcuts and the materials used in the process of making a print. Paper ephemera, print fragments and destroyed woodblocks evolve into landscapes and geometric expanses. Through the elaborate transformation of materials, Nutini examines the transition of objects and ideas … Continue reading

Chad States: Night Sweats

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Night Sweats New work by Chad States There is this moment when the desire for pleasure completely consumes you. Opening Reception First Friday, February 7th 6pm – 10pm NAPOLEON 319 N 11th Street, 2L Philadelphia, PA Exhibition Dates: 2.7.14 – 2.23.14 Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment Chad States: Night … Continue reading

Leslie Friedman & Bernardo Margulis: Gay, Jewish, or Both

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Gay, Jewish, or Both A collaborative installation between designer Bernardo Margulis and NAPOLEON founding member Leslie Friedman Stereotypes of any group often overlap and contradict themselves and Jewishness and queerness are no exception.  Artists Bernardo Margulis and Leslie Friedman open the doors of NAPOLEON onto an ambiguous dining room scene.  Through pattern, appropriation, and parody, … Continue reading

Trusted Friends Are the Only Ones That Can Get You In The End: Ivanco Talevski & Pernot Hudson

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Trusted Friends Are the Only Ones That Can Get You In The End A two person exhibition of Ivanco Talevski and Pernot Hudson curated by Marc Blumthal This two person exhibition explores the complicated nature of defining or creating the muse. The controlled yet ungovernable presence of artificial figuration is both source of the subject … Continue reading

TRACTION COMPANY at NAPOLEON: subTRACTION

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TRACTION COMPANY: subTRACTION A collaborative installation that figuratively brings TRACTION COMPANY to NAPOLEON subTRACTION is TRACTION COMPANY’s first collaborative sculptural project, a one-sixth scale model of the collective’s gargantuan sculpture shop. Inspired by CITYWIDE’s celebration of collaboration, subTRACTION represents in miniature the fruit of six years of collective effort—the ongoing transformation of a former trolley manufacturing warehouse into … Continue reading

NAPOLEON at Traction Company: As first as exactly

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As first as exactly an exhibition by NAPOLEON members Marc Blumthal & Alexis Nutini, Lewis Colburn & Tamsen Wojtanowski, Liza Coviello & Leslie Friedman, Christina P. Day & Christopher Hartshorne, and Jordan Rockford & H. John Thompson The ten members of NAPOLEON divided into pairs in order to create new work for our CITYWIDE exhibition.  … Continue reading

Lewis Colburn: The Noble Amateur

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The Noble Amateur A solo exhibition by new NAPOLEON member Lewis Colburn At best, objects make unreliable tour guides. They cannot argue with the narratives we imagine for them.  Lewis Colburn’s sculptures start from meticulous replicas of historical objects. Playing on the relationships between objects and their means of display, Colburn’s work questions how we … Continue reading

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