An exhibition of unique compositions by British X-ray artist, Nick Veasey, will be unveiled at a Manchester gallery this week.
Making his debut with this collection, his work will be showcased at Castle Fine Art on King Street from Friday 27th September, after which it will form part of the gallery’s permanent display of Veasey’s works.
Veasey is known for his innovative method which combines art and science, seeking to strip away the layers of everyday life. Self-taught and unapologetically experimentative, the artist exposes the many layers of known objects such as teddy bears, flowers and articles of clothing to show what lies beneath the surface.
In a process he likens to ‘putting together a jigsaw’, Veasey’s imagery is created with machines used for medical and industrial radiography. Nestled in a lead-lined chamber in the Kent countryside, he penetrates the surface to take viewers on a journey to a dimension otherwise hidden and unseen.
Veasey is inspired by floral radiographs of the photographer and dental scientist, Albert G. Richards, and has X-rayed everything from Christmas trees to the fashion designs of Alexander McQueen. His art career has seen him work with a host of prestigious brands such as Porsche, BMW, Levi’s and Nike.
Today, his work permanently resides at major museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco and the Science and Technology Museum, Milan.
Veasey says: “I like showing the insides of things and how they work. X-ray is a discovery; it’s like a forensic investigation into the subject, showing what it’s really made of.
“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 appearances by using X-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface.”
Jonathan Finlan, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, Manchester, said: “Nick’s work is highly technical and unlike anything we have exhibited before, so we are very excited to release it at the gallery this week.
“Many of Nick’s pieces have taken months and months of work to produce. The VW Beetle, for example, saw him dismantle the whole vehicle, X-raying every single component individually. This level of skill and detail cannot properly translate on screen, so we’d urge people to visit the gallery and view the works in person to fully appreciate them.”JA