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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 Time, 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 SFMOMA's 010101, the Whitney's Data Dynamics show, net_condition at ZKM, the Walker's AEN show, and at new media festivals in Germany, Italy, Denmark and South America.
Napier was born in New Jersey, USA. He attended two years of Engineering school at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) before switching to the fine art program at Syracuse University, where he completed a BFA in Painting. A self-taught programmer, he has worked in software development for 15 years designing database systems and web-based tools for the financial industry. Napier lives and works in New York city. His artwork is available online at potatoland.org.