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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 » »