Artists like Nick Gentry make me feel justified in keeping hundreds of broken old blank CDs. For some reason, I have trouble throwing out obsolete media storage because in the back of my mind I’m thinking “One day I’ll turn this into an art project.”
However, I’m the first to admit that mine would not be this stunning.
Gentry incorporates floppy disks into his artwork (sometimes using a grid of them as a canvas itself, sometimes painting on and around them).
We are indeed undergoing a cultural shift in which personal identity moves steadily toward the intangible. We are represented on the Internet, little blurbs in a seemingly infinite sea of information. But at one time we had to preserve our information in physical form.
From the artist bio:
Each floppy disk used in the paintings has a history and story of its own. It represents the increasing pace of the modern life cycle, where objects are created, used and disposed of quicker than ever. To challenge this notion, as these personal artifacts of life are cast aside, the obsolete are now given new life and a renewed purpose by using them as a medium for art.
See more of these amazing pieces here.