John Powers’s Empire (2008).Image courtesy of Tom Powel Imaging.
John Powers’s handmade aluminum-plated Styrofoam sculptures are so detailed and mathematically precise, you’ll think they crawled out of your PS3. Empire is a shattered, five-foot-diameter mirrored sphere, equal parts Tony Smith, Saturday Night Fever, and the Death Star. His show, also called “Empire,” is at Virgil de Voldere in Chelsea. —William BostwickArtist John Powers Builds a Better Death Star