Brian Dettmer, the book surgeon

To follow up on the incredible art books from the other day, I wanted to introduce you guys to Brian Dettmer.

From “My Modern Met”:

“Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.”

Magic. My obsession with old books and manipulation continues…I have my eye on two books at the moment, so for those of you wondering what to mail to France for the holidays…here you go. 😉

Codex Seraphinianus

Curiosity and Method

The second one is an encyclopedia put out by Cabinet Magazine, the greatest magazine since…Well, ever. Check them out: Cabinet Magazine

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