Kids get the inside story
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NORTH ADAMS, MA- MASSMoCA presents the works of two internationally acclaimed British artists, Nick Veasey and Marilene Oliver, who both use medical imaging technology to reveal what’s going on underneath people’s skin. The exhibition confronts issues that children (as well as adults) grapple with in everyday life. “It’s Only Human,” on view in Kidspace at MASSMoCA to May 26, 2015, examines the human figure from the inside, an unexpected and often unfamiliar perspective apart from the medical and scientific world.

Veasey and Oliver use fascinating medical technologies in their work. Exposing the commonalities of our human core in their innovative use of medical imaging equipment, the works reflect on the deeper meaning of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Veasey produced one of the largest X-ray scans ever, of a Boeing 777. “It’s Only Human” will display a similarly massive X-ray scan depicting a bus full of people, where the humans seem to meld with their transportation.

Where Veasey captures images that focus on the human skeleton, Oliver captures organs, flesh, and blood flowing through the body. To render transparent, solid sculptures, the artist combines a range of state-of-the-art medical scanning techniques including CT scans (computed tomography) and MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) with traditional approaches such as woodcarving and weaving.

“It’s Only Human” focuses on Oliver’s sculptures depicting cross-sections of the human body, as well as an installation of fluttering prints of the body in movement. Through digitizing the human body with medical equipment, Veasey and Oliver illustrate the complexities of the human body network, creating appealing visual representations of our inner selves.

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