Archive/ Archive Beyond Visible Light - Rory McCartney and Ella McCartney


Archive/Archive is an expanded publication project by Rory McCartney and Ella McCartney. Issue B (Beyond Visible Light) focuses on the X-radiography of paintings.

The project reveals the history of a collection of paintings, exposed through x-ray photography. Previously hidden layers are presented, bringing to light critically important aspects of a canvas’ lost history. Alongside the hidden revisions and tentative executions of the painter, ‘Ghost paintings’ are also revealed in the x-rays – these are previous paintings which lie behind the the top layer of paint.

Archive/Archive has been developed from a series of international exhibitions co-curated by Rory McCartney and Ella McCartney. Instead of presenting one definitive perspective or narrative, the project celebrates the many ways an archive can be assembled.

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