Just in time for this Saturday's Art Walk, there arises Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art: a gallery (“the first one with windows!”) that'll rotate in everything from Warhols to Lichtensteins, and is debuting with a show from Nick Veasey. The UK-er will be showcasing his stupidly awesome lineup of x-ray photos that expose the guts of just about everything (from turntables, to electric chairs, to a thornback ray) to make a "statement on society’s obsession with superficiality". With that in mind, be highly superficial, bring an attractive ladyfriend, and impress her by saying these very real facts about Veasey and his work:
Fact 1: “Ah yes, this project was inspired when he x-rayed a truck full of Pepsi cans... to find the one containing the £100,000 grand prize! He didn’t find it, but that’s just fine, as the greatest prize of all is making people question the world around them through your art.”
Fact 2: “In lieu of a medical x-ray machine, he employs what’s fundamentally an airport scanner, blown up to as big as the size of a house. In fact, he was actually deemed the creator of the world’s largest x-ray machine, which he used to photograph an entire Boeing 777... and no, they didn’t find any free snacks anywhere. Oh my, that’s rich!”
Fact 3: “He refuses to x-ray any living humans aside from himself, although he DOES occasionally use medical school cadavers. I’d gladly give my life to art as well if I had the opportunity.”
Fact 4: “Not a single animal was hurt in the making of the photos. Which reminds me, I’m strongly considering rescuing a pug.”
Published: March 8, 2012 at 4:00am EST
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