Modus Operandi: Statements on APPARATUS

Modus Operandi: Statements on APPARATUS APPARATUS is an exhibition of video and performance, and its related ephemera. An “apparatus” is defined as the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose. Each artist in this exhibition has chosen an apparatus as the basic framework for their process. These tools, devices and instruments … Continue reading

Reflect/Collect: An Essay on the Ones We Know

Reflect/Collect: An Essay On The Ones We Know The One You Know brings together all ten NAPOLEON artists, each of whom have chosen a guest artist whose work resonates with their own. Artists are generally viewed as makers but we also fit the opposing impulse with just as much passion; we are also collectors. For … Continue reading

Suspended Polarities in Nick Fagan’s Too Busy to 86, an essay by Ramey Mize

Suspended Polarities in Nick Fagan’s Too Busy to 86 An essay by Ramey Mize A dark arabesque of text and image engraved on foam, entitled Too Busy to 86  by Nick Fagan, considers the reticence of suicide as well as the clamor of questions that occur to those in its wake. This piece, a memorial … Continue reading

KATIE KATIE, An interview with Katie Locke by Nora Mapp

N: I read that Nabokov story you gave me after our last conversation. I keep thinking about the basket of assorted fruit jellies that the parents of this boy or young man decide on as a birthday present at the beginning of “Signs and Symbols”. What do you get someone who reads portents into everything? … Continue reading

Lighted Geographies: Space, Memory, and Knowledge in Lauren Rosenthal’s Topographies and Rich Hogan’s Untitled, Photographs – An Essay by Hilary R. Whitham

Rich Hogan, Untitled (1), 2016, 44″ x 56″, Archival Inkjet Print In his 1994 essay, Felix in Exile: Geography of Memory, South African artist William Kentridge writes, “The landscape hides its history. The general nature of terrain and landscape as image is to appear as fact. […] I am really interested in the terrain’s hiding … Continue reading

F(L)AT : AN ESSAY BY THE MEMBERS OF SOIL

Napoleon and Tiger Strikes Asteroid are pleased to present F(L)AT, featuring artworks by members of the artist-run gallery SOIL, located in Seattle, Washington. F(L)AT – Flat or Fat – is a response to the complications of shipping artwork across the country. The members of SOIL were tasked with creating artwork that could ship flat and … Continue reading

Sink, Swim, or Float: Ava Hassinger, Katie Locke, Daniel Oliva and Ricardo Zapata at NAPOLEON

Sink, Swim, or Float: Ava Hassinger, Katie Locke, Daniel Oliva and Ricardo Zapata at NAPOLEON An essay by Samantha Mitchell Floating is an act both active and passive. To float is a natural function of the human body, and one that in more turbulent waters can require a profound struggle. If the current climate in this … Continue reading

H. John Thompson’s Trouble Light: An essay by John Vick

H. John Thompson’s Trouble Light An essay by John Vick How do we find our way in the world, metaphorically speaking? Do we set a course and follow it along, confident that we will reach our destination? Do we feel out a route, navigating slowly and tentatively from a known starting point to some unknown … Continue reading

Friends and Dusks and Dawns: Lucia Thomé’s Solo Summer: An Essay by H. John Thompson

Friends and Dusks and Dawns: Lucia Thomé’s Solo Summer By H. John Thompson When I visit Lucia Thomé’s apartment and studio, she answers the door by saying, “Hi friend.” On a recent stopover, Lucia was the first to notice a bird flapping over our heads as we walked up the stairs. The bird was a … Continue reading

A Call and Response for the Digital Age: Thinking about 3: Nichola Kinch, James Maurelle, and Tamara Suber: An Essay by Matt Singer

Kinch Horse and Pony

A Call and Response for the Digital Age: Thinking about 3: Nichola Kinch, James Maurelle, and Tamara Suber An Essay by Matt Singer Three, nor 3, does not a backlash make. But it is statement in matter that matters. Unbeknownst to one another, and in ways as varied as they are alluring, Nichola Kinch, James … Continue reading

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