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Mark Napier

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Napier
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Mark Napier, a painter turned digital artist, packed up his paints in 1995 to create innovative artwork exclusively for the web. Since then he has created a wide range of internet projects incluiding Digital Landfill, The Shredder, The Distorted Barbie, and Potatoland.org, his studio on the web. Napier's open-ended and ever-evolving work has been reviewed in HotWired, ArtForum, Publish, Yahoo Magazine, and The Village Voice. His work has been awarded honorable mention by Ars Electronica 98 and has been chosen for WNET's ReelNY.Web project, the ASCI Digital Art 98 show, and the Berlin Transmediale Festival 99. Mark Napier has been creating artwork exclusively for the web since 1995. He combines his training as a painter with 15 years of expertise as a software developer to create "art interfaces", software that addresses issues of authority, ownership and territory in the virtual world. Napier is known for his wide range of internet projects including The Shredder, an alternative browser that dematerializes the web, Digital Landfill, an endless archive of digital debris, and Feed, a web filter commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the 010101 show. Noted for his innovative use of the web as an art medium and for his interactive artwork, Napier's work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Forbes Best of the Web, ArtByte, Wired News, Art Forum, Publish, the Guardian, the Village Voice and many international publications. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship (2001) and a grant from the Greenwall Foundation (2001), Napier has been commissioned to create net artwork for SFMOMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim, and Altoids.com. His work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial (2002), the SFMOMA 010101, the Whitney's Data Dynamics show, ZKM net_condition, the Walker's AEN show, and at new media festivals in Germany, Italy, Denmark and South America.