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Noelle Mason: X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility

October 7, 2021 - October 30, 2021

In the bed of a large truck, otherwise full of bananas, X-ray imaging technology reveals multiple hidden, cramped bodies stuffed beneath the other cargo, awash in the digital haze of blue.

Blue Sky is pleased to announce the 2019 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition, X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility by Noelle Mason.

Artist Talk: Thursday, Oct 7, 5-6 PM | Please visit blueskygallery.org/events to register.

Noelle Mason is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is about the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by systems of visual and institutional control. X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility is a body of work about the phenomenological effects of vision technologies on the perception of undocumented immigrants. The images used in this series were collected from the Border Patrol and border-watching vigilante websites. This project remediates images made by machine vision technologies that are used to patrol international borders into the 19th century processes of cyanotype and wet-plate collodion, as well as hand woven tapestries and embroideries.

Image credit: Noelle Mason, Backscatter Blueprint (Los Bananos), 2020


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Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
Women artist(s)
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Image credit: Noelle Mason, Backscatter Blueprint (Los Bananos), 2020. A blue cyanotype contact print of found surveillance heat images of the interior of a truck. Inside the truck you can see the outline of bananas, as well as the backs of 7 bodies and one that appears to be holding a child.
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Gallery, Visual Art
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