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Recycled Art using Media Storage | Nick Gentry


Nick Gentry creates recycled art with obsolete media storage as his medium. After assembling canvases by puzzling together floppy disks with all kinds of different data, he paints portraits of over them. “The floppy disk stands firm and lives on as a metaphor for the increasing pace of the modern life cycle, mass production and the throwaway culture of today.”

 

Nick Gentry is a British graduate of Central St Martins and has exhibited in the UK, USA and Europe. As part of a generation that grew up surrounded by floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes, he is inspired by the sociological impact of a new internet culture.

His portraits use a combination of obsolete media formats, making a comment on waste culture, life cycles and identity. Using old disks as a canvas, these artefacts are combined to create photo-fits and identities that may draw connections to the personal information that is then forever locked down underneath the paint.

 

 

 

 

This has led to an exploration of the ways in which humankind is integrating with technology. As it reaches a tipping point, this new movement is becoming increasingly apparent as an important cultural and social transition of our time. When I look at these I wonder, I am a “floppy disk” generation person, and now with everything online, infinite storage on  instruments that are getting tinier by the day, what’s next?

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2 responses

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  2. NS

    We were thinking of the same idea as I had the following links to send you last week.

    I played many ideas with the “floppy disks” as for safety it is recommended even if it is formatted MIGHT still have some info, so I saved all the small silver or black plastics to be used as flash cards for vocabulary or good for tracing and the tiny metal wire inside for necklaces or ties for art projects.

    I have a habit to break or open any gadget before throwing it away. You asked what is next. So check the next link, knowing that we are both chocoholic! ! I don’t think I will eat it or even wear it, BUT it is fun to see another form of crazy art.

    http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-10-annie-leonards-timely-new-story-of-electronics-video

    http://vimeo.com/13918077

    November 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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