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Artist Uses Floppy Disks to Create Paintings

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One man's trash is another man's treasure. So they say.

Now why didn't I think of this? As an art school graduate, it's always cool to see what other artists can create even if said creations stir a little envy. Once such works of art is Nick Gentry's use of floppy disks. Rather than using the traditional canvas, Gentry has taken the old storage format and created a makeshift canvas on which he paints whatever comes to mind.

"I looked at using the disks in a grid to create photo-fits, constructing imaginary faces and identities that could draw connections to the personal information stored on the disks," he told Wired. In the portrait shown on the website (Fossil Number 1), Gentry used the backside of a floppy-- which reveals a metal circular hub-- as the subject's eye.

According to Gentry, the number of disks needed for a paining depends on the source. A small paining can consist of up to six floppies, whereas larger paintings take up over 100 disks. Gentry said that he purchases most of the disks used in the paintings, however people also donate disks through his website.

Gentry's floppy-based paintings cost from $470 to $1,100, and can be ordered here. Gentry is based in the UK.

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    jhansonxi , February 9, 2010 7:07 PM
    I have a few boxes full I can send him. Has he though about doing something with AOL CDs?
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    ravewulf , February 9, 2010 6:35 PM
    It's not like floppys are any good for data storage these days

    Looks really good too!
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    brett1042002 , February 9, 2010 6:40 PM
    I'd give buck fitty for it.
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    Micropat , February 9, 2010 6:49 PM
    The only practical use I have for floppies in this day and age is as an eye shield for looking that solar events like eclipses. I actually keep one for such rare occasions.
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    ubernoobie , February 9, 2010 6:50 PM
    Quote:
    for a paining depends on the source
    nice typo
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    jhansonxi , February 9, 2010 7:07 PM
    I have a few boxes full I can send him. Has he though about doing something with AOL CDs?
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    nukemaster , February 9, 2010 7:51 PM
    Geek art! I like!

    I remember having boxes of those things.
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    nforce4max , February 9, 2010 8:50 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLaDmJF2xDE
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    kikireeki , February 9, 2010 8:54 PM
    Sorry, but I couldn't see the creativity in this!
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    TheDuke , February 9, 2010 9:13 PM
    i got one big box full of floppies
    some i just put little word documents on
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    acadia11 , February 9, 2010 9:47 PM
    I'd buy that in a heart beat.
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    mindspring , February 10, 2010 1:48 AM
    duh.. he just painted on top of the floppies..
    What have you been smokin' ..Kevin??
    =====**

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    JOSHSKORN , February 10, 2010 2:27 AM
    It's about time someone figured out a use for these damn things.
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2010 7:07 AM
    Hey I just did an awesome painting on a bunch of dried turds... Just because someone does something in a slightly unconventional way doesn't mean it's good. There are thousands of obsolete/waste products that could be used in place of canvas. So what?
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    Regulas , February 10, 2010 12:08 PM
    At least this one looks like it actually took some talent. Some of these so called artists (who get government grants) are nothing but crazy hacks and should be run out of town. I still get angry when I read about the piece of human crap who placed a crucifix upside down in a jar of urine and called it artwork.
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2010 2:08 PM
    Really the question to be asked is....how many floppies does it take to store Crysis?
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    JohnnyLucky , February 10, 2010 4:02 PM
    I still have my IBM floppy disks from 1984 containing DOS 2.1.1 and IBM's original Writing Assitant word processing program. You could type a document up to 20 pages in length. Function keys were very limited but it did come with a spell checker.
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    dyrcosis , February 10, 2010 5:15 PM
    RegulasI still get angry when I read about the piece of human crap who placed a crucifix upside down in a jar of urine and called it artwork.


    Personally, I like that it pissed so many people off. As for the floppy art, I think it's rather creative. The "eye", though, is a tad disturbing.
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