Using technologies developed and designed in his studio, Powers navigates between computer rendering, printmaking and CNC fabrication practices. The work takes inspiration from the intrigue of diagrams, instruction design, and the closed environments of computer simulation.
Powers received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and an AB in Government from Harvard College in 2008. Among others, Powers has exhibited with the Brooklyn Rail at the Venice Biennale, at LaMama Galleria in NY, and at Julius Caeser in Chicago. In 2015, Powers retrofitted a shipping container to work as a gallery project space. After several years of exhibitions and projects, the container (‘Fastnet’) evolved into an outdoor classroom to teach plein-air landscaping at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, with funding from the NY City Department of Cultural Affairs and ConEdison. Drawings from Fastnet were exhibited at the Central Park Armory in 2019.