Nick Veasey’s x-ray images allow you to admire the beauty that’s hidden within.
Veasey on his work:
We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like, houses, cars… I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using X-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. Often the integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty…
To mix my metaphors, we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that beauty is more than skin deep. By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art speculates upon what the manufactured and natural world really consists of.
Ingrid Dabringer has shifted her interest from maps to x-rays in her recent work with some really intriguing results.
Dabringer on her work:
Body of Work is a presentation of colourfully illustrated X-rays presented on hospital imaging light-boards. As an artist I am continuously interested in the tools of humanity. Through the use of X-rays, shapes are created through the imaging and flattening of the human body. An entire alternate reality emerges through how humanity sees itself and the structures it uses for self-analysis.
Human tools define our civilization’s values, progress and intentions. By using X-rays I am able to quite literally comment on how we see ourselves. Importantly, it’s also how we see ourselves when the “chips are down,” when we’re vulnerable. North Americans are systematically taught to look for answers outside of themselves; to trust empirical evidence over intuition. Yet with x-rays it comes full circle in that we go outside of ourselves to look inside ourselves. And, although the natural organic lines and forms of anatomy are lyrical and soothing, they also speak to our human fragility…
X is for X-ray is based on the beautiful and astonishing X-ray photography of Hugh Turvey, Artist in Residence at the British Institute of Radiology. The accompanying text by award-winning children’s author Paul Rosenthal reinforces the concept of making the invisible visible and includes rhymes spoken by Dr Who actor Kerry Shale.
This title will delight young children, giving them a unique insight into the inner secrets of familiar everyday objects. It will also appeal to anyone with curiosity about the world, how things work and the power of X-ray technology to reveal the nature of reality.
Photographer Nick Veasey created this amazing X-ray image of a Nikon photographer for the Focus on Imaging 2010 catalog cover. It’s a composite, with the image of the camera itself requiring 12 separate X-rays.
X-rays are always interesting, but seldom are they as beautiful as these coloured x-rays of flowers by artist Hugh Turvey.
Turvey on his work:
“I’m driven by my curiosity. It’s about discovering the world around us. As a kid I would take things apart to see what was inside and how they worked. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight and turn it into art”