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Nick Gentry unveils rhino sculpture made from 500 used compact disks
Nick Gentry’s Rhino “Save” on display at St Pancras Concourse.

LONDON.- The British artist Nick Gentry unveiled his rhino sculpture at St Pancras, made from 500 used compact disks contributed by members of the public. The exhibition is part of the Tusk Rhino Trail, which is on view until the 22nd September. There are twenty-one amazing rhinos in total, painted by leading international artists, on display at iconic London locations. Notable artists include: The Chapman Brothers, Ronnie Wood, Mark Quinn, Gavin Turk and Eileen Cooper.

This showcase runs alongside Nick Gentry’s joint exhibition Human Connection at Opera Gallery from the 14th – 28th September.

Drawing upon recycled and obsolete technological materials as the grounds for his paintings, London-based artist Nick Gentry creates a conversation between digital and analogue processes. Gentry constructs his painting supports out of materials such as compact disks, film negatives, X-rays, VHS cassettes and floppy disks. These are displayed as preserved artefacts or conversely as nebulous blends of deconstructed data dust.

The materials are contributed directly by members of the public in a collaborative ‘social art’ project. The rigorous conceptual basis of this work explores the notion of collective identity. His portraits and installations treat the human form not simply as the subject in itself, but as the vehicle to carry the medium.

Nick Gentry, artist: “The rapid expansion of the human population is having a devastating impact on the natural world. Let’s empower ourselves to instead live as one, with respect and empathy for all life forms. This artwork has been created with data scraped from over 500 used compact disks, which have been contributed by members of the public. These iconic objects are shattered into tiny data fragments and then recombined in a holographic freeze-frame of time.”

Born in 1980, Nicholas James Gentry is a British artist from London.

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