Nick Gentry’s expressive floppy disk paintings
Sejuti Mourin of DOT
Nicholas James Gentry is a British artist from London. Much of his artistic output has been generated with the use of contributed artefacts and materials. He states that through this process “contributor, artist and viewer come closer together”. His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media.
Nicholas said that it seems like the weirdest thing to do in the world, just scraping the surface of a CD, but, to me, it’s the heart of the concept. More than 5.5 million boxes of CDs are thrown into landfills every year.
He is reducing that number by recycling then into art. He mix this up with clear resin. That then goes into the work and it forms the real conceptual basis of each piece.
This Artist said that these CDs are not my own. They come from people from all over the world. So its this mix of histories and memories that kind of give the work a life.
Nick Gentry’s art is a stark reminder of the world’s growing plastic problem. Over time, CDs thrown in landfills release Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that can contaminate water supplies.
He stated that ‘I like to use obsolete media in my work. Lately, I’ve been using CDs, like compact discs, and I’m attracted to that sort of thing because it’s kind of had its sell-by date, it’s moved through its kind of useful life. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be used for something.’
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