Nick Gentry’s Technological Portraits Broach the Artificiality of On-line Identities — Colossal



#Nick Gentry

August 25, 2023

Grace Ebert

A grayscale portrait on vhs tapes

“Masks 1” (2023), used VHS cassette tapes, spray paint, and oil paint on picket, 20.5 x 29.5 inches. All photographs © Nick Gentry, courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery, shared with permission

In Pores and skin Deep, Nick Gentry probes the “chasm between actual and on-line personas.” Running on painted backdrops of out of date generation like floppy disks and VHS tapes, the artist invitations questions which can be uniquely recent, asking about efficiency and presentation on the net, increasingly more synthetic requirements of good looks, and the instability of reminiscence over the years.

Diverging from his previous portraits that had been extra devoted to an issue’s likeness, Gentry’s new frame of labor is deeply influenced by way of the digital. He ceaselessly paints his figures in grayscale, leaving them devoid of defining traits, and makes use of the tape’s plastic reels to focus on their eyes. This melding of human and system elicits the chilly, indifferent feeling related to a cyborg and emphasizes the bogus, masked nature of on-line identities. Given the irrelevance of the once-groundbreaking generation, the portraits additionally discuss to the inevitable shifts in significance and the way knowledge is saved, shared, and remembered.

Pores and skin Deep is on view via September 30 at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami Seashore. You’ll to find extra from Gentry on his web page and Instagram.


A grayscale silhouette of a man with a blue shirt on VHS tapes

“Replicant 3” (2023), used VHS cassette tapes, spray paint, and oil paint on picket, 20.5 x 29.5 inches

Two portraits of twin-like cyborg figures

“Viewing Figures” (2022), used VHS cassette tapes and paint on picket, 25 x 37 inches

A portrait of a woman with red lipstick on white-painted VHS tapes

“Pores and skin Deep” (2023), used VHS cassette tapes, spray paint, and oil paint on picket, 45 x 45 inches

A grayscale silhouette of a man on green painted VHS tapes

“Analogue Montage Number one” (2023), used VHS cassette tapes, spray paint, and oil paint on picket, 32.25 x 37 inches

Two portraits, one on purple painted VHS tapes and the other on floppy disks. Both depict grayscale figures

Left: “The Idiot” (2023), used VHS cassette tapes, spray paint, and oil paint on picket, 10 x 9 inches. Proper: “Populous” (2023), used pc disks and oil paint on picket, 37 x 28 inches

Two similar looking portraits of women facing outward, their backs together

“Binary” (2021), used floppy disks and paint on picket, 19 x 32 inches

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