Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Art of Nick Gentry - Floppy Disk Portraits

Take one brilliant painter and a reused material and you have fantastic recycled art. Nick Gentry is a UK artist looking into how technological advancements are making older means of data storage, like floppys and tapes, obsolete. He wants to know how storage of information, which is now kept on intangible servers, will ultimately affect society. Are we loosing our privacy and individuality as a result? His most recent works are beautiful portraits on discarded floppy disks, which are now given a new life through his artwork. Each disk was owned by a person and has recorded a story of its own, and now it will live on in his paintings, rather than end up meaningless in a trash dump. More pics after the break.

Self Portrait
Gentry says about his art, "Each floppy disk used in the paintings has a history and story of its own. It represents the increasing pace of the modern life cycle, where objects are created, used and disposed of quicker than ever. To challenge this notion, as these personal artifacts of life are cast aside, the obsolete are now given new life and a renewed purpose by using them as a medium for art."

[Update: Just found this great interview with Gentry about his art work over at Swide

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+ Nick Gentry
+ Nick Gentry on Flickr

[via Dude Craft via Wooster Collective]