San Diego-based artist David Adey makes provocative and often dramatic works that explore the seductiveness of images to startling effect. 

Adey has worked with images of skin for years, cutting them out, arranging them in new ways and exploring what it means to take a 2D image and make it 3D. 

"Hide" is the geometry of Adey's own body, flattened, printed, laser cut and assembled in one piece then pinned in place like delicate paper taxidermy. It is an inventive take on a self-portrait, in which Adey explores a different method of deconstructing and flattening the human form. 

Beginning with a three-dimensional scan of his entire body, he creates a triangulated three-dimensional model of himself comprised of over 75,000 triangles. From there, the model is unfolded and flattened to form a two-dimensional record of the entire surface of the artist’s body, all in one piece, without overlaps. This two-dimensional apparition is then laser cut and framed in two adjacent PVC panels to create a diptych resembling a cross between a Dymaxion Map and a Rorschach test.

Connected to his laser-cut, mass media pinned images, Hide represents is the pinnacle of Adey's exploration of the skin and surface of the body.


Project: Hide

Location: La Jolla CA, USA

Designer: David Adey, San Diego, CA, USA

Technical info: PVC panels

Picture credits: Scott White Contemporary Art

Website: www.davidadey.com