30 10 / 2011

Artist of the Week: David Maisel

These photographs are from a series called ‘History’s Shadow’ which

"…comprises my series of re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity. I have culled these x-rays from museum archives, which utilize them for conservation purposes. Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-familiarized and de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed." - David Maisel

My favourite is the hand because the outline and the outer muscle tendons look so much like a real hand that it takes a while for your brain to figure out that the skeleton is missing…

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    These are absurdly beautiful and strange.