Art Basel Q-File: Nick Gentry (Artist)

What makes You Tick?

I like to look at changes. Technology seems to be affecting so much of our lives now. The pace of that change is increasing and really we don’t stop to regard that.

How did you arrive at Floppy Discs?

I don’t have a clear memory of a moment when I started to use them. Being around them as a child might have been an influence. This can easily resurface in studio experiments. The floppy disk can stand as a metaphor for our transition into a digital work.

Where do you get them from?

People from all over the world contribute to this project. There is a willingness to be involved and these people that I have never even met become a vital part of the art. I am very open about that part and ask people to contribute by sending me floppy disks, film negatives and xrays. I try to send something in return to complete the circle.

You mentioned in an online article that you would love to collaborate with Leonardo Da Vinci. What would your collaboration look like?

I love the huge variety to his creative output. His portraits had something incredibly unique about them. We share an obsession with the human form, so it would be something focused on that.

What do you think your work says to the average person?

It raises more questions than answers. A lot of the work deals with the notion of identity. I hope that each person can relate to the work in their own way by seeing something about themselves in there.

What did you decide on first: portraiture or floppy disks as a medium?

Portraiture is something that I have always done. The use of different mediums creates something new, a different way to look at portraiture, which has been considered to be something that is out dated.

What captivates you right now?

The world is in a constant state of flux. Nothing stays the same and I find it fascinating that things can break down and change form. Everything seems to merge continuously.

Gentry will exhibit during Art Basel at the Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW 2nd Ave; Wynwood. To see more of Gentry’s work go here.

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