British artist Nick Gentry’s paintings give long-forgotten floppy disks and VHS tapes a new lease on life. They’re still storage media, just in a much more literal sense.
As the world moves further away from these kinds of storage devices, Mr. Gentry suggests, we lose touch with the terrestrial. His work is nostalgic for a time when objects were less disposable, before “human existence [was] governed by billions of invisible data files,” as he writes on his site.
Gentry assembles obsolete tech materials into a workable canvas for his portraits, letting the shape and labels of the floppies peek through the painting to give character to the faces he paints. The writing on the labels are often left readable, provoking the viewer to wonder about the information trapped within.