This is one of a number of works in which Penone uses the surface of the body to explore the relationship between sight and touch. Each of the individual photographs in this work shows a small rectangle of clear glass pressed against the artist’s skin. Together, the more than six hundred images document every part of his body. Arranged in a grid, it is as if his body has been broken up into a series of flattened planes, a process that resembles a kind of map-making.
Gallery label, July 2015