We come across a lot of crazy ideas when it comes to being creative in the artistic industry, and the work we will be featuring today is no exception. Contemporary art is all about exploring and experimenting with different mediums and creative techniques, working up s piece not quite like any other that’s been see. Well, what comes to your mind when you think the words ‘floppy art’?
Nick Gentry is a London based British artist who has fathomed this new and innovative trademark style of creating phenomenal works of art/design with the use of a most unusual and obsolete medium – floppy disks. This struck us as a rather interesting choice of medium when we first came across his art pieces, reason being that it is very contemporary in nature. It’s unique. For example, it is not as obsolete and suggestive as a similar commonly used medium in popular art such as vintage vinyl records, but at the same time, old enough to be referred to as one having been in existence with the phrase “…remember back when we used THOSE things instead of these shiny new ones?”.
It seems only yesterday that these floppy disks or diskettes were our primary source of storage capacity, what once seemed like a breakthrough in technology. The work of Nick Gentry stunningly immortalizes these little diskettes and their brief life by incorporating them into his neat series of contemporary portraits. Gentry designs his work by using the floppy disks and oil paints over a surface wood, beautifully creating a floppy disk painting montage in the process. His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology and cyber culture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media. The nature of his work emphasized the concepts of recycling and reusing objects as a central theme.
Nick Gentry defines that through his creative process is a means by which “the contributor, artist and viewer come close together”. Have a look at some of his exceptional work below.