Smoke (still), 2007
Custom software (color, silent), computer
Dimensions variable, portrait orientation
The free-floating virtual skyscraper appearing in Mark Napier’s recent work is governed by rules that do not apply to the natural world, a signal of our transition as a civilization. In Smoke, a generative software installation projected on the gallery wall, the Empire State Building appears to soften and melt, writhing almost organically, then struggle to return to it’s original form. Teetering on the line between organism and architecture, Smoke speaks to a morphological tension between static physical structures of power and those that are information-based, organic and malleable.