NAPOLEON launched a written response series for in the Fall of 2012.

Invited writers, both local and national, pen essays to accompany shows in an effort to extend the conversation at work in the gallery.  With a lively exchange of critique between writer and artist, the accompanying essay offer a deeper interpretation for the visiting audience to consider the greater context of the work on display. The essays are available online and, during the exhibition run, in hard-copy for free in the gallery.

Click the links below:


Inside and Outside: An Essay on Leslie Friedman’s Go Home by Deborah Krieger

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: On Evan Paul English’s CAMOUFLAGED, An Essay by Liza Coviello

Fields of Resonance: An essay by Lutz Koepnick for COOP Collective

Secrecy, Surveillance and a Dead Joseph Beuys: Marc Blumthal’s SuperCuts: An Essay by Kelly Montana

The Spaces In Between: Tamsen Wojtanowski and Elaine Livingstone’s Yard: An Essay by Clare Finin

Invisible City: Shane Darwent’s Southside All Stars An essay by Rachel White

Eunjung Park: Arrangements An Essay by Kayla Romberger

Wind Shapes The Mountain, Sand Is Many Men: Two Poems for Thomas Dexter By Devin Powers

Cyclic: Modes of Collaboration An essay by Dominique Ellis

Equal Hand: A correspondence between the exhibiting artist, Daniel Petraitis, and fellow artist Adelita Husni-Bey

Making a Trade: A Conversation with Patrick Coughlin Interview by Jordan Rockford

Indirect Translation: An Essay on New Work by Marianne Dages By Sarah Hulsey

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

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

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

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

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

Perfect Lovers: A Conversation with Tyler McPhee and Lauren Findlay

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

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

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

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

Chad States: Night Sweats Curatorial Statement by Jordan Rockford

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

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

subTRACTION: The Magic of Miniatures An Essay by Janette Chien

Authenticity and Artifice:  Lewis Colburn’s Noble Amateur by Darcy Van Buskirk

Sublimity within a Birdcage: An Essay on the work of James Weingrod by Heather Castro

Mediated Matter in the Perpetual Present by Elizabeth Kauffman

Things I Know About Rocks : Thoughts on Austin Ballard’s The Indivisibles at NAPOLEON by Emily Davidson

A Good Question: Marc Blumthal’s The Flame and The Flower by Charles Fox

Folding Space to Bring You Back by Courtney Mandryk

Forces Not Forms: Christopher Hartshorne’s Crash Blossom by Alison McMenamin

Immigrants, Superheros, and the Resurrection of Christ: The Works of Grimaldi Baez by Janette Chien and Wayne Kleppe

Christina Roth & Tamsen Wojtanowski: One More Day: An Essay by Jennifer Zarro

Primordial Ink: Alexis Nutini’s Synthesized Worlds by Sophie Sanders

Thoughts on the Faultless Aesthetic: A Letter to Matt Ziemke from Benjamin Teague

Search and Rescue: Diagrams of Monotony and Distress in the Work of Dustin Campbell by Addie Langford


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