If you grew up during the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s, you would have used a floppy disk at some point. Be it for your schoolwork or business, the floppy was the most convenient and reliable way to transfer documents from one computer to another.
They are now of course obsolete and many people have them lying around collecting dust it if they haven’t been thrown away already. But one London based artist has found a use from them and it has turned him from novelty to a world-renowned, sought after artist.
Nick Gentry 32 arranges unwanted floppy disks, VCR tapes and cassettes and paints over them to create stunning art with some pieces selling for over £5000. A piece can range from a single disk to hundreds. A painting called “Emulated A’’ used 300 disks to make.
Graduating from Central St Martins, he has exhibited all over the world including New York, France and Germany. He was commissioned by Selfridges last year to create a city landscape for display in their technology hall.
Gentry, through his work is making a point about recycling and how quickly we go through technology and forget it once it’s no longer useful.
Gentry advertises on his website for people to send in unwanted disks or tapes so they can be used in one of his art work, so if you wish to contribute, visit his website for more information.
In the mean time, check out his amazing work below and on his Flickr photostream.