Mark Napier


“Solid” is a group of 4 Java coded pieces consisting of unusual yet simple structures that can be twisted, stretched and generally thrown around the window by clicking and dragging the objects. The special quality of these pieces comes from how closely they behave in accordance to the laws of physics. They hang from the point you hold them, bounce when dropped and swing like a pendulum as if gravity is really playing a part. This natural behaviour makes these art works very appealing and a lot of fun to interact with. An added attractive feature of these coded applets are how the movements of the structures leave an impression on the window background, in the form of fabulous geometric patterns.

b. 1961, Springfield, N.J. Mark Napier has been creating artwork exclusively for the Web since 1995. He combines his training as a painter with fifteen 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 has received a NYFA Fellowship (2001) and a grant from the Greenwall Foundation (2001), and his work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ArtByte, Wired News and many international publications. Although net.flag is the first work to be acquired by a museum, Napier has also been commissioned to create Internet artwork for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial (2002), SFMOMA’s 010101, the Whitney’s Data Dynamics, ZKM’s net_condition, the Walker’s Art and Entertainment Network; at new media festivals in Germany, Italy, Denmark, and South America; and at his own Web site,