a-z challenge: x

This is not love, this is compromise.

It’s not x-rated (sorry), it’s x-rayed and although I rather like all x-rays (but not the freakish “how did Billy get that up his nose” kind), I thought I’d write about x-ray art and artists. It’s the sort of stuff that makes my eyes smile, but doesn’t trouble the brain too much. Cool images, interesting compositions, intricate techniques are the descriptors that spring to mind. My mind anyway. It just doesn’t *Sarah Bernhardt pose* speak to my soul, darlings, it simply does not – not even in Esperanto!

The Idiot’s Guide to X-Ray Art


Hi, I’m blahpolar and I’ll be your idiot du jour; help yourself to absinthe, opium, or a quince. Here, for your entertainment, if not edification, is a fast and dirty roundup of x-ray artists I found pleasing and/or interesting. Honestly though, I think it’s high time for humanity to stop x-raying flowers and start remembering cyanotypes. I weeded those artists out of the selection.

Dutch dude Ben Kruisdijk draws on x-rays and I say meh in their general direction. The one of the goat is sweet. I bet he’s tall, Dutch men seem tall in general?

Nick Veasey does however many x-rays he needs for the piece and then photoshops them together. I like a lot of his stuff for its lines and balance.

Wim Delvoye is into gothic stuff – he’s Belgian, so it’s not too edgy. (Oops) His splash page is fun and in his tattoo section, you can see the fugliest ma…okay I’m going to shuttup now. Except – lots of intricate things and tattooed pigs too. Why did I do T is for tattoos?!


The Smithsonian intones things like “walks the line between photography and radiology”, bless them. Brb notifying Johnny Cash.
XRay Pics is a WordPress blog which does what it says on the tin.

After wandering through it all, a very familiar question swam quietly to the surface; wtf is art, what isn’t art and does it matter anyway? Those of you who are into Coca-Closure, the answers are yes, no and depends, respectively, and for those of a more philosophical bent, the answer is three toothpicks and a gecko.

To be quite frank, however, I wouldn’t have spent more than ten minutes browsing it if only I liked xylophones or Xerxes or something. Should’ve gone with x-rated, it’s always a good choice.


I’m so fucking bored now, I refuse to write any more.


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40 thoughts on “a-z challenge: x”

  1. Esperanto huh? I never even heard of x-ray art before. I guess anything can be art as long as it elicits a visceral reaction. If there’s zero pulse or movement of the facial muscles or the arm hairs can’t get it up…then maybe it really isn’t art. Can art be boring? And if it’s boring is it really art in the first place?

    So many questions. So little answers. Merci mon chérie

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              1. Hmmmm …. now I’m thinking that although the collaboration was a bold one, the choice of materials lacks confidence. The stick ones? Not art.

                *swooshes off theatrically*

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                  1. I envision myself having a photography installation..I dream of creating a project around mental illness – photography as the medium.

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  2. Pretty sure you know this already but yep, the Dutch are the tallest nation in the world. I have no idea how except they consume a helluva lot of milk and potatoes? I feel like such a shortarse living here, surrounded by huge blonde people. DH is 6’2” and considers himself short. Then we go back to the UK and he feels like a giant.

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  3. Well, you could say your Vagina blog was x-rated..then blame vajazzeling. X-ray art looks better cool-can’t say the guy with the umbrella is “art” to my eyes, but I do like the hangar one. That’s badassery imo

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      1. Love you too! And can I just mention without sounding TOO smug that I love it when I can share something new with you. By the way, the hamsters have been re-named. ZOE is now:
        Merina Goatcloset of Westmarch

        and SNOWBALL is now:
        Gwyra Hornblower of Bywater

        (yeah, I used the “hobbit” feature since hobbits seem more hairy – like a hamster – the other categories of human, eleven , dwarf & of course wizard just didn’t feel right!)

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        1. Goatcloset. That’d work well here, sometimes a tabloid has headlines about goats – my favourite was ‘goat ate my underpants’. Here’s a generator for you that also names your sword and your local pub. You can call me Yrunnen. Though I’m far more likely to run out. Of everything.

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            1. This is me

              If you were a Hobbit, your name would be Merum Topleaf
              and if you were a (male) Man, your name would be Blenyc
              and if you were an Elf, your name would be Isondil
              and if you were a Dwarf, your name would be Koilir
              and if you were an Orc, your name would be Vudish
              Your nearest Tavern might be called The Strong Drink
              and your sword would be called Narduring

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