Opening reception: April 13, 2013. 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
From April 13 through May 4, 2013.
Robert Fontaine Gallery showcases new works by London-based artist Nick Gentry in a solo exhibition entitled “XChange.” Gentry works with recently discarded technology, such as floppy discs, x-rays, and film negatives, to compose imagined identities through painted portraits. The subject is the actual canvas, as opposed to the person painted onto it, who is merely a representation of the information stored on the technology.
The exhibition explores the idea of privacy, protection, and security through cultivating identity. He observes that today we go to great lengths to create a digital identity in addition to the actual lives we live, with the belief that these online records are only growing in importance and will outlive us.
The exhibition will showcase a new series of floppy disc portraits, as well as light box portraits, which are created by layering film negatives and x-rays backlit by LED strips. “It’s like painting with light,” Gentry explains. This medium creates not only an emotional history, but also a biological one. There will also be installations with surprise elements, further commenting on the idea of privacy and identity.
Robert Fontaine Gallery
2349 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127