Floppy Disk Portraiture: Dated Technology as Cutting-edge Canvas
Nick Gentry's portraits give new meaning to the term mixed media. Using plastic floppy disks as his canvas, the London-based artist employs a...
Nick Gentry's portraits give new meaning to the term mixed media. Using plastic floppy disks as his canvas, the London-based artist employs a variety of paints to create hauntingly beautiful expressions on is subjects' faces. See a few of our favorites after the jump.
"Ghost Format"On the subject of his work, Mr. Gentry writes:
Floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and audio cassettes. As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s this combination played a massive part in how I learned about the world. Favourite films, albums, games and even personal recordings were all stored on there. The whole world was totally reliant on these physical media formats. Now suddenly we are at a time where they are obsolete, replaced by countless intangible data files. As information is released from the physical form it allows personal data and identities to now be revealed and infinitely shared online. At the same time many of us consider individuality and privacy to be more precious than ever. Will humans be forever compatible with our own technology? In my work I want to simply highlight this new movement, as I believe it to be an important cultural and social transition of our time.What's beautiful about this work is the way it blends the familiar, the dated, the physical, and the intangible. It's also worth noting that his first painting on floppy disks was of a fingerprint, which is rather awesome. Paintings are for sale from $470 to $1,100.
"Connection Lost"All images by and courtesy of Nick Gentry.Via Wired (thanks, Alicia).