Drawing on recycled and obsolete technological materials for his paintings, London-based artist Nick Gentry creates a conversation between digital and analog processes. Gentry constructs his painting out of materials such as 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints and floppy discs. “These objects are no longer in the spotlight,” the artist has said of obsolete artifacts, “but by placing them there it becomes easier to comprehend the speed and extent of the changes that are taking place today.”
The materials are sourced directly from members of the public in a ‘social art’ project. This open working practice is a fundamental starting point of each new work and allows shared histories to form collective identities.
The rigorous conceptual basis of this work explores the areas where reality meets illusion, while drawing on references from consumer waste, to pop culture and found art. Known for his portraits and installations that treat the human form not as a subject in itself, but rather as the vehicle to carry the medium. In his art, Gentry questions the fundamental relationship of the human being to both our created world and what we call reality.