From Obsolete To Art: Nick Gentry's Floppy Disk Paintings
Up until now, the floppy disks that fed information to computers until sometime in the mid '90s have been considered a cultural/technological anachronism along the lines of Beta videocassettes and eight-track tapes. But everything comes around again sooner or later, especially when you enter into the realm of art, and now the aforementioned outcasts of the computer accessory world have found a new home, in the work of a British artist named Nick Gentry.
When the folks at Mashable tuned in to Gentry's work with floppy disks, we couldn't help but raise an intrigued eyebrow, and the further you explore his work, the more there is to appreciate. Not only has Gentry amassed an impressive collection of pieces in which he paints on a canvas composed entirely of floppies, he has also ventured into working with other areas of obsolete materials. Everything from VHS tapes to old fast-food iconography comes into play as you amble through the Englishman's ouvre, but the way he works it all into his own aesthetic, all of these old-school items end up seeming strikingly contemporary. You can even become part of the process by participating in his Xchange program and donating old, outdated materials that might be collecting dust in your basement right now.