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A MONUMENT FALLS IN NAPIER'S “EMPIRE”
- New Software Artworks from Mark
New York - New media art pioneer
Mark Napier returns to bitforms gallery with a
one-man show of new, interactive artworks, running from October 22 through
November 26. "Empire", a series of interactive installations,
explores power in a post-national world through an unlikely merger of
monumental architecture and software.
Napier's home-grown software puts a scale model of the Empire State Building in a
three-dimensional environment. Both fragile and unbreakable, the virtual
monument can be destroyed and re-created in a moment.
"I'm a little obsessed with the Empire State building."
Napier says. "I love the beauty of the building, but I'm also struck by
how prominent it is since the towers collapsed. I see it as a symbol of power,
both economic and cultural. 'Empire' is about a virtual monument, my
personal take on the real building."
In this computer-generated space, a ghostly scale model of the Empire State building wobbles,
bends, and tilts. Using a mouse, the viewer can lift, throw, bounce, squeeze,
bend, and break the building. Every motion of the building leaves a trail
behind. Like thin wisps of paint, these traces coalesce as smoky backdrops
starkly contrasting with the building's facade.
With programming techniques borrowed from high-end computer games,
Napier creates a unique environment and a rich visual vocabulary. Napier
uses the Java programming language and OpenGL to create dynamic high-resolution
graphics. OpenGL, a graphics standard that provides access to the video
hardware on computers, drives the graphics for many games such as Doom3 and
Mark Napier, a painter turned digital artist, is a pioneer in the
use of the web and computer as a space for making and showing art. His
Internet artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Pompidou, ZKM, and
at Ars Electronica. In 2002
the Guggenheim Museum acquired "net.flag", making it the first web-based artwork to be
acquired by a major museum. Many of Napier's artworks are publicly
available at his online studio: http://potatoland.org.
bitforms is devoted to
emerging and established artists who embrace new media, and contemporary art
practice - resulting in new languages and artistic experiences. bitforms gallery is located at 529
West 20 Street in New York. For more information about bitforms, please contact Steven Sacks at 212 366 6939 or
Napier's Website: http://potatoland.org
Still images: http://potatoland.org/empire
bitforms gallery: http://bitforms.com