FROM THE DESK: Jordan Rockford and H. John Thompson

This November, pairs of NAPOLEON members will be exhibiting collaborative pieces they have generated in response to the Gertrude Stein poem, written in 1923, “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso,” at Traction Company, located in West Philadelphia for CITYWIDE.  In the coming months, we will be updating our blog with From the Desk postings to share work and ideas as they are evolving within the different pairings of NAPOLEON members.

FROM THE DESK:  Jordan Rockford and H. John Thompson

Some behind the scenes views of Rockford and Thompson’s upcoming collaborative work entitled, For this is so. Because.:

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For this is so. Because. is an exploration of identity and the act of looking, as interpreted by Stein in words, reinterpreted by us in the materials of domestic construction.  Our process followed closely on Stein’s: stripping away former context for a new surface on which to layer new meanings. We took for inspiration Duchampian fenestrations, Cubist architectural follies, and orphaned library doors; Dutch dance companies, Chinese Obelisks, and commercials for cologne; Busby Berkeley, Ginger Rogers, and nosey old Mrs. Kravitz.

Join us at our opening reception to see the final outcome of this piece alongside other NAPOLEON members’ collaborative works, November 2nd, from 2-5pm and during Trolley Day, November 16th , from 2-5pm, for CITYWIDE!  Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months from other pairings of our members!

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