Nick Gentry

November 19 - December 01 2019

Opera Gallery Paris

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Opera Gallery Paris

November 19 - December 01 2019

62 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris

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A British artist in his late thirties, Nick Gentry is definitely part of this current that enhances the very act of assembling objects as a syntactic form through the utilisation of generation-specific materials. Refered to as «Millennials» or «Gen Y», the generation Gentry belongs to is composed of people born between 1980 and 2000 who witnessed the accelerated development of digital information and communication technologies. Gentry collects and puts together sound (vinyl records) or writable storage devices (floppy disks) he then organises in series so as to create portraits whose figures stand halfway between robots and human beings and whose main features are oil-painted. These singular figures, fixed in a sensitive classical approach of painting and ready-made manufactured tools, question the way one envisions the concepts of individual and collective memory. Through his choice of materials that have become obsolete in a short timeframe following the recent technological acceleration, Nick Gentry regards the present time through the lens of dematerialisation, as an inexorable and destructive power.

 

Supporting young contemporary creation is one of our field’s essential goals. This collaboration with Nick Gentry thus could stand as a good example of our commitment to the present time. Let’s hope this first Parisian exhibit featuring hitherto unseen pieces of art will open new fields for the future. 

62 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris,
Opera Gallery Paris paris@operagallery.com
Introduction


A British artist in his late thirties, Nick Gentry is definitely part of this current that enhances the very act of assembling objects as a syntactic form through the utilisation of generation-specific materials. Refered to as «Millennials» or «Gen Y», the generation Gentry belongs to is composed of people born between 1980 and 2000 who witnessed the accelerated development of digital information and communication technologies. Gentry collects and puts together sound (vinyl records) or writable storage devices (floppy disks) he then organises in series so as to create portraits whose figures stand halfway between robots and human beings and whose main features are oil-painted. These singular figures, fixed in a sensitive classical approach of painting and ready-made manufactured tools, question the way one envisions the concepts of individual and collective memory. Through his choice of materials that have become obsolete in a short timeframe following the recent technological acceleration, Nick Gentry regards the present time through the lens of dematerialisation, as an inexorable and destructive power.

 

Supporting young contemporary creation is one of our field’s essential goals. This collaboration with Nick Gentry thus could stand as a good example of our commitment to the present time. Let’s hope this first Parisian exhibit featuring hitherto unseen pieces of art will open new fields for the future. 

Available artworks

Nick Gentry, Clues, 2019
Nick Gentry, The Reproduction Number 8, 2019
Nick Gentry, The unidentified Number 6, 2019