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NYC gallery showcases art made with obsolete objects

Used agenda books, old technical books and floppy disks become canvases for new work.

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CC BY 2.0 Margaret Badore. Painting on floppy disks by Nick Gentry.

CC BY 2.0 Margaret Badore. Painting on floppy disks by Nick Gentry.

The C24 Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is currently exhibiting a group show that features work made with obsolete objects. Used agenda books, old technical books and floppy disks become canvases for new work.

Russian-born artist Ekaterina Panikanova assembles books that she finds discarded or in thrift stores. She mounts them to a board open-faced, then overlays the pages with ink and watercolor paintings.

Photo © Ekaterina Panikanova, ink on books. Photo courtesy of C24 Gallery.

Photo © Ekaterina Panikanova, ink on books. Photo courtesy of C24 Gallery.

Panikanova paints images that seem nostalgic for childhood: glimpses of old-fashioned dress, cakes, toy horses. The old books with slightly yellowing pages also reference the past. Yet the work also says something about the nature of memory: fragmented, with parts blacked out and muddied by running ink.

Multimedia work by Ekaterina Panikanova. Photo by Margaret Badore/CC BY 2.0

Multimedia work by Ekaterina Panikanova. Photo by Margaret Badore/CC BY 2.0

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