Tantric Sex Art: Society Hasn’t Always Been Prudish

Sex Art India Source: Wikimedia<[/caption] Sex art has been popular for centuries. After all, art is about self-expression, and what is more intimate than sex? For the most part, modern society seems to contradict itself when it comes to sex. On the one hand, we use it to sell just about anything under the sun and have thus wed sexuality with popular culture. And yet, when people speak of sex openly, we tend to look at them askance, questioning their character. But humanity hasn’t always been so conservative. In fact, many civilizations throughout history have openly embraced their sexual nature as not just reality but an art, as evidenced below: [portfolio_slideshow]

Micro Sculptures: Great Things Can Come In Small Sizes

Micro Sculptures Collection

Some of Dalton’s most popular pieces Source: Original Paints

If we take a look at art throughout history, it becomes quite clear that cultures around the world have associated size with value. A giant block of stone enters the studio of a talented sculptor and emerges, almost as if by magic, as a larger-than-life testament to the human form. A painter stares at his subject, and with a certain combination of small brush strokes creates a portrait so imposingly grandiose that it can only be hung in a cathedral or palace.

While floor-to-ceiling frescos and sculptures are diminishing in terms of popularity, one constant remains: as a matter of survival, artists are always looking to innovate. One of the most impressive recent trends in art is microsculpting, a practice where artists create incredibly small works of art that are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.

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X-Ray Art Reveals The Internal Beauty Of Everyday Objects

While many of us consider pretty paintings or sculptures to be the bookends of what the word “artistic” can mean, many artists defy convention and instead strive for innovation. X-ray art is one of those innovative forms. Blurring radiology and photography, even common items become interesting as the x-ray strips back their layers to reveal their often-ignored (and often elegant) internal structures.

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Arie van’t Riet

X Ray Tulips

Flowers are always a popular portraiture subject, under the x-ray or not. Dutch artist/physicist Arie van’t Riet’s foray into floral x-ray was born from a functional purpose: he needed to teach technicians how to use the machine. Since then, his interest is grounded in an aesthetic desire to showcase the inner beauty of his subjects. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Negative

Van’t Riet partly colorizes his works to enhance their visual impact. Here is the negative of the preceding image. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Frog

Like many other artists, Arie prefers to use everyday items as his subjects – in his case, a combination of flora and fauna. Source: The Guardian

X-ray Art Cat

A cat digging up the garden. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Chameleon

A chameleon climbing a begonia. Source: The Guardian

Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Reading

Nick Veasey is another artist who uses x-ray photography as his preferred medium. Veasey initially worked with conventional mediums such as still photography before receiving an opportunity to x-ray a Coke can for a TV show. Source: Nick Veasey

X Ray Wedding Ensemble

In a world seemingly obsessed with appearances, Nick Veasey wants to highlight the aesthetics lurking just beneath the surface. With several popular exhibits and numerous design and photographic awards under his belt, Veasey is arguably the most successful artist in this field. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Gun

Part of his exhibit dubbed “The X-Man”. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Punk

An x-ray of your average Oakland Raiders fan. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Boeing

Nick has the unverified claim of the largest x-ray in the world - a Boeing 777. Source: Wikipedia

Hugh Turvey

X-ray Art Jacket

According to British artist Hugh Turvey, one advantage of x-ray images is the chance to see the world with fresh perspective. Turvey also started out as a conventional photographer, but a commission to create an x-ray image for a rock album cover inspired his transition to the world of x-ray art. Source: Socialphy

X-ray Art Suitcase

Turvey likes to call his images “xograms”, a mash-up between x-rays and photograms. He colors most of his images because it adds an extra layer of depth and also allows the artist to control where the viewer looks. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

X-ray Art Foot

He compares the results of his process to that of a child seeing something for the first time. In fact, one of the artist’s most popular works is an image of his wife’s foot in a stiletto heel. Said Turvey in an interview, “I think we all understand that your foot is going through quite a lot when it is in a stiletto, but to actually physically see it and to see the angle of the bones. Not only do you have this distorted foot, but you have these small nails that were in the actual construction of the shoe. It just looked like a torture device.” Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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