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 2002 Whitney Biennial. 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.
This project relies on Java applets that are no longer readily playable, but can be run using certain browser extensions or other emulation tools.
Every month from March 2001 to February 2006 an artist was invited to present their work in the form of a “Gate Page” on artport. Each of these pages functioned as a portal to the artist's own sites and projects.
Wherever necessary and possible, these works are made functional through emulation and reconstructions from the Internet Archive. Not all of them have been restored to their original state and their conservation is ongoing. You can also view the original Gate Pages archive to see how they were presented at the time of their creation.
See more on artport, the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet and new media art.