The Obsolete Format of Media and Identity

Nick Gentry is part of a generation that grew up surrounded by obsolete media formats such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. Using these expired disk formats as the canvas for his portraits, Gentry helps the viewer identify with the consumable nature of culture, the recorded history of society and individuals, and at the very core, the impermanence of our identity. Upon viewing Gentry’s work, the viewer may contemplate the data and personal information that is contained and concealed underneath the paint. Perhaps then, we may also consider the “portrait” of information that is stored beneath our skin.

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