Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Floppy Disk Artwork

It’s said that nothing feels as dated as the recent past. It must be a familiar sensation to anyone who has piles of floppy disks, cassettes, VHS tapes and Polaroids stuffed under their bed or languishing in the cupboard gathering dust.

However, whereas most of us forget about these one-time hot technological gadgets in favour of the latest android phone/iPad/etc etc, Nick Gentry is recycling these formats in the name of art.

Having grown up with these artefacts in the Eighties and Nineties, Gentry, a graduate of Central St Martins, decided that while they might no longer serve a technological purpose, they still work culturally.

Floppy disks are used as a canvas for his portraits and he then paints stark, often eerie, photofits on top, a comment, surely, on the use of personal information and technological data.

Of course, the whole conceit works because the portraits are so arresting, but when the artwork makes you think at the same time, well, that can be no bad thing.

www.nickgentry.co.uk

Related

N27_5P3U6375HR.JPG

Richard Hambleton artwork

filip.jpg

Photographer conjures mind-bending architecture

Comments

More

Here are the words that other countries use to describe relationships

All the terms that would be much better to describe your 'life partner'

by David Cornish
05 Dec 2016

You’ll soon be able to test the purity of your cocaine and MDMA

by Alex Christian
05 Dec 2016

Vets want people to stop drinking at home for the sake of their pets

Your furry friends have a taste for the good stuff... and that's a problem

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

American hipster dads are demanding to be called 'papa'

by Ralph Jones
05 Dec 2016

America is now making educational adverts to prevent teen shootings

Funny that nowhere else has this problem...

by Sam Diss
05 Dec 2016

Watch this man rescue a dog by punching a kangaroo in the face

Probably the most Australian thing you'll ever see

by Emily Badiozzaman
05 Dec 2016

Bertolucci admits 'Last Tango in Paris' rape scene was non-consensual

He says he feels guilt, but no regret

by Emily Badiozzaman
05 Dec 2016

What does our love of fighting tell us about ourselves?

Why can't we stop watching people pummel each other?

02 Dec 2016

Widower, 89, offered bar job after "stop me dying from boredom" ad

He feels like he’s “won a thousand bucks on the horses”

by Chris Sayer
02 Dec 2016

You can now hire the services of deadly cyber hackers

Rent an army of infected bots and cause untold online havoc

02 Dec 2016