Nineteenth-century plant slides become striking abstract art when magnified by New York artist, Gary Schneider. I've been in love with Gary's Specimen series since I saw it in the February 2008 issue of Chicago Home Magazine. My personal favorite is "Biological Specimen #5" which hangs in Lauren Gold's office + Thomas O'Brien's living room. The intensity of the jet black background against the stark white specimen reminds me of this 1940's constellation chart that I still covet. Gary's Genetic Self Portrait series is also interesting -- I'm just not sure I'd like a magnified strand of hair hanging on my wall. What do you think...yay or nay?