Art and Design KS4: Recycled Materials Artist Nick Gentry

Artist Nick Gentry explains how he reuses outdated technology to create his artwork, including floppy discs and old x-rays.

He explains how the concept of his artwork is inspired by Marcel Duchamp and his iconic ‘Fountain’ piece, in particular.

Gentry explains how Duchamp placed a porceline urinal in a gallery and called it art, therefore artists should not be restricted by materials such as canvas, but feel free to reuse materials.

He sifts through old materials such as x-rays, negatives and discs that have a previous history and explains how social media is a source of communication for people to send him these items.

This clip is from Making Art Work, a BBC 2 Learning Zone compilation of short films following six UK-based leading artists as they create new artwork from scratch.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to demonstrate the concept of using recycled objects to create artwork by transforming or renewing it. Students could have a go at reusing and/ or re-purposing items to make a piece of recycled art.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

More from Making Art Work: Nick Gentry

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Tools and techniques for making art with recycled materials