A lot of us were part of the generation that grew up surrounded by floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. The old ‘C’ drive in computers has long been replaced by USB drives, external drives and the whole “i-thing” phenomenon. The sociological impact of this technical revolution and contemporary internet culture is what inspires artist, Nick Gentry.
His portraits are fragmented puzzles. A combination of obsolete media formats: passing comment on waste culture and the human desire to consume and throw away. How many of us have boxes of tapes, VHS and those grey floppy disks hiding in dark storage boxes gathering dust and cobwebs? These pre-loved materials form the canvas for him to “create photo-fits and identities that may draw connections to the personal information that is then forever locked down underneath the paint.”
His work explores ideas of how human beings are integrating with technology, a partnership that will only grow closer and more intertwined as we make our way to the land of the Jetson’s and epic universal parralels of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. But how long will we be compatible with our own technology?