float

A  group exhibition by new NAPOLEON members Ava Hassinger, Katie Locke, Daniel Oliva and Ricardo Zapata NAPOLEON welcomes its newest members with a group exhibition entitled float, accompanied with an essay by Samantha Mitchell. These four artists find a common interest in the intuitive process of art making. They share a recognition that in order to … Continue reading

#J20 Art Strike: NAPOLEON Closed January 21st

In solidarity with the #J20 Art Strike and the Women’s March, NAPOLEON will be closed on Saturday, January 21st. We will resume our regular gallery hours on Sunday, January 22nd. NAPOLEON is a collectively-run project space located in Philadelphia that strives to provide a platform for new work and new ideas.Our core values as a collective are … 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

H. John Thompson: Trouble Light

Trouble Light A solo-exhibition by NAPOLEON founding member H. John Thompson On May 15, 1934 the RMS Olympic collided with and sank the LV-117, killing seven of the eleven crew members aboard. The RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the RMS Titanic and the LV-117 a light vessel moored on the Nantucket shoal to … Continue reading

Pierre Valls: “So Help Me God”

“So Help Me God” Napoleon member Nichola Kinch hosts France and Spain based artist Pierre Valls “So Help Me God” is part of the ongoing project Oaths: Aesthetic of Memory. The investigation started in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 and will travel accross America, Europe and the Middle East, during the two coming years. Oaths of enlistment in … Continue reading

Lucia Thomé in Philly Voice

Mikala Jamison talks about Lucia Thomé’s show at Napoleon opening Friday, October 7th, 6pm – 10pm “That sense of doing what’s right for yourself in the moment — staying up late in the studio just because you can, eating whatever you want, whenever you want, going with your gut in terms of your work — is … 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

Lucia Thomé: Solo Summer

Solo Summer Napoleon member H. John Thompson hosts Philadelphia artist Lucia Thomé ‘Solo Summer’ is a body of work mostly made during the summer months of 2016. The works are vignettes of experiences and memories both made and imagined from a summer spent alone. The solo-ness of this summer is an adventure into independence in which … Continue reading

September First Friday: Scott Pennington on the Viaduct

First Friday on September 2nd, 2016 will feature an expansion of NAPOLEON’s exhibitions. Electro-Duct by Scott Pennington, a one-night installation on the Reading viaduct directly across from 319 North 11th Street, will be viewable and visitable from 6pm – 10pm. Scott Pennington is a Baltimore-based artist specializing in large-scale participatory installation and sculptural assemblage works. Drawing … Continue reading

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

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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