May 31, 2012 § 3 Comments
Chicago born artist Brian Dettmer meticulously dissects books using knives, tweezers and surgical tools. Each piece only reveals what was inside, nothing is added, only removed to reveal the life inside the medical books he used for these two pieces above.
There’s a great interview with him here.
Found on [My Modern Met] Images © Brian Dettmer
May 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Bristol based artist Rose Sanderson did a series of ‘Bugs on Books’ art pieces, so I’m presuming this is a natural progression taking her influences from insects, birds and anatomy, that she should do ‘organs on books’.
Images © Rose Sanderson, from top to bottom; ‘To you I give….’ and ‘My thoughts are complex’
April 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
April 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hidden in the National Library of Medicine’s collection is more than 17 million items, a selection of which have been collected in the new publication form Blast Books called Hidden Treasures. 450 colour illustrations show medicine and anatomy from the eleventh century to the present.
Images from top; Life-sized fold-out model of the human body; White’s Physiological Manikin, 1886, James T. White & Co.
Atlas of Topographic Anatomy, 1911, Eugène-Louis Doyen with J.-P. Bouchon and R. Doyen; heliotypes by E. Le Deley
[Images from Blast Books]
January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
You’ve probably noticed the latest fashion of using vintage images to make art and crafts as they are copyright free (due to them being so old they are now outside of copyright laws) and an easy and cheap way to legally obtain and use images. There are sites such as The Graphics Fairy that specialise in sourcing and uploading vintage copyright free images for you to use. Or there are books such as the ones above available here to buy. In fact, there’s even an entire bookshop in Covent Garden that sells copyright free material called The Dover Bookshop (below).
January 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses covers the worlds most important charnel sites. ‘ranging from the crypts of the Capuchin monasteries in Italy and the skull-encrusted columns of the ossuary in Évora in Portugal, to the strange tomb of a 1960s wealthy Peruvian nobleman decorated with the exhumed skeletons of his Spanish ancestors’
The author Paul Koudounaris is giving a lecture for Hendrick’s Lecture series with The Last Tuesday Society on 7th February 2012 in London. You can read more about the book and obtain information on how to attend the lecture here.
December 30, 2011 § Leave a Comment
December 7, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Ok, it’s a cheap shot…. but I defy you not to giggle. Yup, you’ve probably guessed by now, that this book Stuck Up! is written by doctors featuring their favourite objects tha have been ‘misplaced’ by patients into orifices.
Have you guessed what the objects above are shown above in the rectum of various patients? Answers below (from top to bottom);
Cassette tape, iPod, Barbie, Buzz Lightyear.
November 28, 2011 § Leave a Comment
In case you’ve not yet discovered it, John Ptak runs a blog ‘Ptak Science Books’, where I stumbled across this hilarious (to an anatomy geek) article ‘An Alphabet of Anatomical Emotions and Feelings–Installment 1‘. Here Ptak delves into the psyche of anatomical dissection subjects;
“The rules are that all images must be some level of dissection, and not a simple artistic study of emotion, and that the images be at least 200 years old. Part I of this alphabet of emotion and feelings includes awe, burdensome, contempt, disappointment, empathetic, fear, guilt, hope, intrigue, joy, lonesome, majesty, pride, resentment, surprise, trust, vulnerability and wonder.”
Above are my favourites (from top to bottom). But there are plenty more on his post.
Surprise: William Cowper, The anatomy of humane bodies, printed in Oxford in 1698.
Burdensome: Juan Valverde de Amusci (ca. 1525-ca. 1588), Anatomia del corpo humano, printed in Rome in 1560.
Hope: Hans von Gersdorff (d. 1529), Feldtbůch der Wundartzney : newlich getruckt und gebesser, published in Strassburg in 1528.
Fear: Jacques Gamelin (1736-1803), Nouveau receuil d’ostéologie et de myologie,published in Toulouse in 1779.
August 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Due to be released in October 2011 is Carl Zimmers latest publication, ‘Science Ink’ the art of science tattoos. I saw this at the London Book Fair earlier this year, and it looks fabulous. Pre-order yours now, and we’ll take a closer look when it’s available.