Nick Gentry Brings Floppy Disks Back to Life at Robert Fontaine Gallery
|Analogue Daydream, Nick Gentry.|
But Nick Gentry turns them into breathtaking creations that reveal bits and pieces of the humanity stored within the flexible square cartridges.
The London-based artist will exhibit his solo exhibit, "XChange," at the Robert Fontaine Gallery during April's Second Saturday Art Walk in Wynwood. During its run, Gentry will be in Miami working from a studio space. His body of work will explore identity, privacy and collective history through discarded technology and portraiture. In a rapidly expanding digital age, we have become obsessed with creating a digital personality in addition to our actual self.
"I don't really know anyone that isn't cultivating a personal digital archive in some form now, so the question of identity is bigger than ever," Gentry said. Although conscious of the tension and disparity between our online and in person representations, he acknowledges if we choose to withdraw from social media and digital platforms, we risk becoming "invisible to the majority that are opting in. That's a massive change to the human psyche that has happened in just the last few years."
Each painting uses the outdated, technological subject matter to reveal the human condition we move further and further away from as a data spewing society. The exhibit will showcase a new series of floppy disc portraits and light box portraits, which are created by layering film negatives and x-rays backlit by LED strips, forming an emotional and biological history of its subject. In addition to this, installations with surprise elements encompassing themes of privacy and identity will also be on display.
"The whole notion of privacy has been exploded in recent times. We can't really regard it in the same terms when the world we live in now mostly prohibits it in the traditional sense. The sudden emergence of cameras on streets and in everyone's hands makes it a surveillance society now. Combine that with the fact that so many of us are willingly publishing personal moments and it only leads to more questions rather than answers," he said.