Christian Long

Nick Veasey: Exposing the Invisible

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Reflection by CAROLINE M.

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Nick Veasey:  Exposing the Invisible

Nick Veasy is an artist, an original and particular artist that deals with x-rays as his canvas. These x-rays consist of objects in nature that seem to appear mundane or simplistic but when unveiled and unsurfaced they become beautiful. Veasey strives to exhibit his x-rays for what is underneath and unseen,

“…I show things for really what they are, what they’re made of. I peel back the layers and expose it.”

When I read the title of this video I was expecting some heart-wrenching story of  sad victims who were deemed “invisible” for one reason or another. In fact I was hoping for it only because it would be a little easier to write a detailed blog about and readers would be touched merely by the video and not so much by what I wrote.

Then I realized within moments that I would be watching a thirteen minute video on nothing more than x-rays, which seemed a bit more challenging to evaluate and connect with.

Although the video is purely on x-rays which was slightly disappointing, I have found a deeper meaning to it all. Nick Veasey is trying to advance art, he’s entering a new form, one that may not catch on, but one that’s worth paying attention to. TEDx has Nick Veasey come to speak because they realized, like I have, that the form of technology that Veasey is using to create something captivating is unlike anything ever done before. X-rays are typically associated with hospitals or doctor’s offices and therefore usually unfortunate situations, but in this case it’s quite the opposite.Veasey sees that everything deserves the chance to be beautiful and nature is the thing that is most often overlooked.

He gives nature the opportunity to amaze its viewers.

With a touch of color or just the simple, untouched x-ray, Nick Veasey transforms an objects appearance.
When we enter an art museum we expect layers of detail and a story displayed by the clothes on people’s backs or the surroundings of a simple swirl of colors,  but what we do not expect to see is what’s underneath it all.Veasey’s goal is precisely that. He wants to find what’s underneath, and make it beautiful. However, it’s not always proving that something plain can actually be appealing, it’s also showing what some thing’s are really made of. Like the baby doll that he makes x-rays from, it’s humanistic yet underneath it’s robotic. The face we see that’s so perfect and angelic actually has “alien associations” as Veasey puts it. Then there’s the leaf of the plant that’s rather homely and when it’s placed under radiation and then developed it suddenly becomes engrossing and elegant. We as humans tend to see only what’s on the surface and what’s obvious as worthy, but it takes training to see what’s beneath.Veasey has the ability to help us do so,

“…I find that I’ve got the benefit of taking away all the surface, which is things that people are used to seeing.”

I find it rather intriguing and creative what Veasey is doing.

Although I would never purchase his form of art I like the motive behind it. It gives me the feeling of honesty and assurance that what I’m looking at is true beauty. Our definition is filled with deception nowadays, and it’s nice to be reminded that beauty does not only originate from the outside.

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  1. […] wrote reminded me of the video by Nick Veasey called, “Exposing the invisible”, that I did a blog post on. Nick Veasey’s occupation was a form of art where he took X-rays of things that were not so […]

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