Nick Gentry

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°London, UK, 1980

Nick Gentry is a British graduate of Central St Martins and has exhibited in the UK, USA and Europe. As part of a generation that grew up surrounded by floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes, he is inspired by the sociological impact of a new internet culture. His portraits use a combination of obsolete media formats, making a comment on waste culture, life cycles and identity. Using old disks as a canvas, these artefacts are combined to create photo-fits and identities that may draw connections to the personal information that is then forever locked down underneath the paint. This has led to an exploration of the ways in which humankind is integrating with technology. As it reaches a tipping point, this new movement is becoming increasingly apparent as a cultural and social transition of our time. Will humans be forever compatible with our own technology?

Drawing on recycled and obsolete technological artefacts as the grounds for his paintings, London-based artist Nicholas Gentry creates a conversation between digital and analog processes. Gentry constructs his painting supports out of materials such as 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints, and floppy discs. “These objects are no longer in the spotlight,” the artist has said of obsolete artefacts, “but by placing them there for a second it becomes easier to comprehend the speed and extent of the changes that are taking place today.”

The materials are sourced directly from members of the public in a uniquely collaborative ‘social art’ project. This open working practice is a fundamental starting point of each new work and allows shared histories to form reflections of contemporary society. The rigorous conceptual basis of this work explores the notion of a collective identity, while drawing on references from consumer waste, to pop culture and found art. Known for his portraits and installations that treat the human form not as a subject in itself, but rather as the vehicle to carry the medium. In his art, Gentry questions the fundamental relationship of the human being to both our created world and what we call reality.

2017

Robert Fontaine Gallery, Time & Place, group show, Miami, USA.

3890 Tigers, collaboration with Tiger Beer and WWF, Singapore.

Here East, 64 Bits, group show, London, UK.

Robert Fontaine Gallery, Art Wynwood, art fair, Miami, USA.

 

2016

C24 Gallery, Psychic Compound, solo show, New York, USA.

Opera Gallery, Britartnia, group show, London, UK.

Robert Fontaine Gallery, Decadent City, group show, Miami, USA.

C24 Gallery, Contemporary Istanbul, art fair, Istanbul, Turkey.

C24 Gallery, Art Miami, art fair, Miami, USA.

Opera Gallery, group show, Paris, France.

 

2015

"Memoryscapes" Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke, BE

Barbican, What's in Your DNA?, public display, London.

Absolute Art Gallery, Summer Show, group show, Bruges, Belgium.

Opera Gallery. Urban Art, group show, Singapore.

Galeria Impakto, Teknology, group show, Lima, Peru.

Opera Gallery, British Contemporary, group show, Singapore.

 

2014

PAN Amsterdam, RAI, NL

 

2013

PAN Amsterdam, RAI, NL

Tra-SH-art, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke, BE

Lille Art Fair, Lille, FR

RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam, NL

"The Many Faces of David Bowie", group show, Opera Gallery, London, UK

Scope Art Fair, Basel, CH

Scope Art Fair, New York, USA

Art Winwood, Miami, USA

 

2012

Art Gent, Foire d'art, Flanders Expo, Gand

Scope Art Fair, Basel, CH

Scope Art Fair, New York, USA

Collective, Galerie Flash, München, DE

Opera Gallery. "Urban Masters", group show, London, UK

Galerie Flash, ART.FAIR, Köln, DE

Bonhams Urban Art auction, Los Angeles, USA

Rook and Raven Gallery. "Interface", group show, London, UK

Robert Fontaine Gallery. "Collective Memory", solo show, Miami, USA

 

2011

Lineart Art Fair, Gand, Flanders Expo

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Foire d'art internationale au Grand Palais

Robert Fontaine Gallery. Nick Gentry Solo show, Miami, USA.

Selfridges. "Artefacts", pop-up solo show, London, UK.

Scope Art Fair, Miami, USA

Munich Contempo Art Fair, München, DE

Stroke Art Fair, Berlin, DE

"Dataface", Whisper Gallery, London, UK

Soloshow, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USA

Swab Art Fair, Bercalona, ES

 

2010

Absolute Art Gallery, Brugge, BE

Art Modern Gallery, Miami, USA

La Pan Stage, Barcelona, ES

In/Human, Group Show, 2R Art, London, UK

Untagged, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, USA

 

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