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Nick Gentry & Ekaterina Panikanova, YELL-O

C24 Gallery, NYC

June 26 - August 23, 2014

Well here’s something I haven’t seen in a while: floppy disks! Nick Gentry is a British artist who apparently, used to leave paintings in the streets as gifts for strangers! C24 Gallery is currently exhibiting some of his work and said of it, 'His(Gentry) work reflects on the quick pace of technology and how easily we forget what is deemed obsolete… The portraits (of anonymous strangers) incorporate floppy disks sent to him from around the world, with each disk containing an individual's anonymous personal files.'

Part of the YELL-O exhibition, is Russian artist, Ekaterina Panikanova. She participated in her first exhibition at the age of five, in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. '(She) paints across large spreads of old books and other documents mounted on wood... artwork that blurs the lines between painting, installation and collage.'

Inspiration:

The development of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media. (NG)

“Some time ago I found a 700 pages manuscript and I was struck by the difference between its original purpose and the way it became over time. I bought it and used it to make a painting. Paper, card and books have a fundamental value in my work. I see them as a body of rules, dogmas, traditions, religious beliefs and scientific discoveries which, right or wrong for their time, human beings had simultaneously enclosed into cages.” (EP)

Medium:

Contributed artifacts and materials. Recycled obsolete media, such as floppy disks, VHS cassette tapes, film negatives.(NG)

Mixed-media watercolors on aged books. (EP)

My favorite piece from YELL-O:

Deja Vu, Oil paint & used computer disks on wood. (NG)

Giardini Infantili, Ink on aged books, mounted on birch wood. (EP)

C24 Gallery: Large gallery, there is an upstairs area that I almost missed because I almost missed the stairs. Bright, open, good light and a warm, friendly reception.

“Your stuff could be in a gallery rather than a landfill." -Nick Gentry

"In Russia, there is a difference between an icon which has been ‘prayed to’ and one which has not; a book that has been read acquires the same energy as an icon which has been worshiped.” -Ekaterina Panikanova

More pics: HERE

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