Tag Archive "napoleon-gallery"

Mountain

Matthew Colaizzo’s Locality at NAPOLEON

[Noreen feels transported by a series of otherworldly, monochromatic woodblock prints. — the artblog editors] As a citydweller, it is easy to feel isolated from the forces of nature. A metropolis dislodges the city from the Earth. There is little grass to walk on, few trees to take shade under, and tall buildings suspend the sky far out of reach. The evidence of humanity’s touch is everywhere. Through this disconnect comes Locality, a solo show by Matthew Colaizzo, composed of a series of woodblock prints. Now on view at NAPOLEON, the exhibition continues the dialogue of many landscape artists in ... More » »

Video installation

Editing redux — Thomas Dexter at Napoleon Gallery

[Michael finds questions of source and attribution in a cryptic installation that, at times, evades interpretation. — the artblog editors] This month, Napoleon Gallery opens its doors and draws its curtains for Thomas Dexter’s Time(After)Time. Viewers walk through a curtained entrance to reveal a nearly empty gallery with two video projections and a small installation that emits a soft glow. Impenetrable post-production The projection “burningdownthehouse” presents a colorful, almost-abstract panorama of three radiating wheels. Each highly patterned, moving mandala includes a scene–played forward and backward–from Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie “The Sacrifice,” obscured by superimposed, flowing patterns in a persistent state of metamorphosis. ... More » »

Sculpture

Daniel Petraitis’ Unequal Hand marries Modernism with Postmodernism

[Noreen considers the relationship between manufactured objects and handmade versions–the subject of boundary-blurring new work by sculptor Daniel Petraitis. — the artblog editors] In most contemporary sculpture, the art object becomes fluid with its environment–an especially important notion in the work of Daniel Petraitis. This month at Napoleon, the artist’s new work further delegitimizes the dichotomies of the art world: Modern and Postmodern, fabricated and handmade. Through Equal Hand, the artist explores, reveals, and simultaneously subverts these dualities within the work. The spirit of craftsmanship A graduate of Tyler School of Art’s MFA program in sculpture, Petraitis is an independently-working ... More » »

Sculpture

An ode to handiwork — Patrick Coughlin’s Tools of the Trade at NAPOLEON

[Noreen nervously navigates a show designed to play in the space between utility and decoration. — the artblog editors] In the narrow gallery space of NAPOLEON this month, the mixed-media sculptures of Patrick Coughlin crowd the space in conversation with the past, present, and art-making itself. Imbued with a strong sense of tradition and nostalgia, Tools of the Trade presents a collection of tools, some obsolete, some recognizable–but on a whimsically large scale. Playfully amplifying the past Coughlin, holding both a BFA and an MFA in ceramics, displays his background in hands-on craft. Like his prior work, the art of ... More » »

Sculpture

City and monument — Lewis Colburn’s On This Site

[Noreen reflects on the nature and purpose of monuments, spurred by the below tongue-in-cheek take on history. — the artblog editors] Living in a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, it is not uncommon to pass monuments and markers on a daily basis. Emerging from the Broad Street subway line, I find myself in the shadow of City Hall’s Second Empire architecture. When I stop at Blick for art supplies, I step foot in what was once the studio of Thomas Eakins. Though historical sites like these appear throughout the city, they are passive, almost invisible moments in ... More » »

Conglomerate No. 3: Field

Matt Ziemke’s Cadillac Desert – a neutral take on the topic of nature and the built environment

Matt Ziemke’s Cadillac Desert at Napoleon (to Nov. 25) examines the relationship between humans and the built environment, with our greener natural counterparts. Unlike many ecologically-motivated artists, Ziemke discusses this built environment/nature juxtaposition — perhaps questions it — but does so exceedingly gently and remains surprisingly and thoughtfully neutral. Bodies of water seem to be the focus in the beautifully crafted subtle sculptures, which combine bits of what looks like disassembled geography and delicate sprawling architectural forms. In keeping with the subject matter, the works are made of earthen and manufactured materials. Of the five works that compose “Cadillac Desert,” two ... More » »