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.

This society of ours, consumed as it is by image, is also becoming increasingly controlled by security and surveillance. Take a flight, or go into a high profile courtroom and your belongings will be x-rayed. The post arriving in corporations and government departments has often been x-rayed. Security cameras track our every move. Mobile phone receptions place us at any given time. Information is key to the fight against, “whatever” we are meant to be fighting against. To create art with equipment and technology designed to help big brother delve deeper. To use some of that fancy complicated gadgetry that helps remove the freedom and individuality in our lives, to use that apparatus to create beauty, brings a smile to my face!

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.

A Decade in X-ray
X-ray – See Through The World Around You
X-Treme X-ray in association with The Science Museum

Michael Bay, Director/ Producer
EUROPE, Deutsche Post, Bonn, Germany
Deutches Roentgen Museum, Remscheid, Germany
Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany
Science and Technology Museum, Milan, Italy
UK Investec, London, UK
Natural History Museum, Tring, UK
National Media Museum, Yorkshire, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
WORLDWIDE, AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Crossfit, San Diego, CA, USA
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Musée de Design et D’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC), Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Parker Technologies, Cleveland, OH
Seabury Group, New York, NY
The Museum at FIT, New York, NY

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