La Greca Blog
Memories define us. They form pasts and can alter futures. They can linger forever or flee away, but they will always remain hidden in our subconscious and sometimes saved in a dusty photo album, a CD-ROM, a flash-stick or a computer drive.
Well-established London-based artist Nick Gentry has been experimenting with obsolete memory storage material such as floppy disks, used film rolls and CDs, as well as X-rays and uses them as his hand-made canvas! His portraits bring the subjects' memories to life, which are presented as foggy illusions of dreams, fears, aspirations or blurred reflections of a childhood, a first love, a heart-break or a simple walk in the park. All of these images are deeply integrated not only in the human brain, but the overall existence of the depicted person. The visualized memories, labeled floppy disks and rib cages flow all over the body and cover it right "to the bone", precisely cut and placed accordingly, so as to follow the contour and fill each and every gap of the figure. Vibrant colors and stunning full-lipped model-like figures create a Pop Art feel, whereas in other pieces the gloomy browns and grays enhance a sense of melancholy.
If presented a few decades ago, what I now could call a form of Digital Cubism (fragmented pixel-like images and disk titles scattered around) would have been regarded as Science Fiction Art. Not only have the means of memory storage dramatically changed throughout this age of digital revolution, but also our way of valuing our memories. Information technology is turning us into forgetful and less skillful beings, who rely more and more on digital means to keep track of our lives and who do not appreciate an iPhone photo which can be deleted, retaken and edited at the drop of a hat. Memories are most cherished and can only be painted on when saved on something less elusive than The Cloud.
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