Gate Pages :: February 04: Mark Napier

 

Mark Napier, a painter turned digital artist, packed up his paints in 1995 and began to create art work exclusively for the Web. He has produced a wide range of Internet projects, including The Shredder (1998), an alternative browser that dematerializes the Web; Digital Landfill (1998), an endless archive of digital debris; and ©Bots (2000), a tool for building unique pop-culture icons from parts. Napier is noted for his innovative use of the Web as an art medium and for his open-ended evolving projects. He has created commissioned projects for the Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA (for the exhibition "010101"), the Whitney Museum (for the exhibition "Data Dynamics") and his browser Riot was included in the Whitney Biennial 2002. He has been shown at ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany, was awarded honorable mention by Ars Electronica 99, Linz, Austria, and was chosen for the "Art Entertainment Network" exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Napier lives and works in New York City. His artwork is available on-line at potatoland.org.